Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
SARA RAN ACROSS THE ROOM FULL SPEED AHEAD. “Bud,” she yelled.
Bud, her grandfather, turned just as Sara’s feet left the ground and she took a flying leap into his arms. They often played this game. Fortunately Bud knew the game and quickly reached out to catch Sara in his arms.
In one motion he scooped Sara up, kept his arms moving upward, and with a huge thrust flung Sara above his head. Giggling the whole time, Sara spread her arms and legs wide, then came back down into Bud’s arms.
“’Gin, ’gin,” she pleaded.
Bud complied and flung her high into the air again. “Whee,” Sara called happily.
Sara’s grandmother stood by and watched as Bud played with Sara. Grandma was not as excited about the game. What if Bud misses? She thought.
That thought never entered Sara’s mind—that Bud’s arms would not be available to her when she took her flying leap into the air. Nor did she think there was any problem with flying high in the air. Every time she left his arms Bud was right there to catch her. She trusted him completely.
When you run to God with a problem, concern, or simply come to spend time with Him, do you run with reckless abandon, leaping into His arms, knowing He will catch you?
Games are fun and often make life’s circumstances more interesting. For a playful person, trust is not often an issue. Because life revolves around them, they trust they will be “caught” in every situation that requires a risk.
Other personalities would not react that way. The purposeful person has issues with anything that involves risk. It’s harder to trust, especially when his or her safety depends on someone else.
The powerful person also has trouble allowing another person to control his or her outcome. In addition, there may be issues with spontaneity. A powerful person probably would not take off running to her grandfather as Sara did.
The peaceful person could possibly be in conflict as to whether to passively find a spot to “rest,” or jump right in with the fun. Peaceful people are not often thought of as energetic, but they love to have a good time.
Just as Sara trusted in her earthly grandfather, we must trust our heavenly Father to “catch” us not only every day, but when we are in precarious positions.
Are you a playful person and a risk taker? Find a time today to take a risk and catch yourself before you step out in a way that focuses all of the attention on you. Instead, think of those around you. When you see an opportunity to become the center of attention, hold back and allow someone else to be in the spotlight.
Not playful? Maybe you need to be a little bolder and take a risk in a way that you ordinarily wouldn’t. Don’t hold back when you see an opportunity to build a new relationship. Step up and introduce yourself to a stranger. If you see a situation where you are tempted to “fix” things you see are wrong, why not relax and consider what a powerful, loving God we serve? He will “catch” you and comfort you in every situation.
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by Linda Gilden and Tama Westman
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Linda Gilden and Tama Westman are authors, speakers, and certified personality trainers who loved discovering why people do what they do. As working wives, mothers, and grandmothers, they know the key to building solid relationships is understanding the personalities. Linda lives in SC and Tama lives in MN.