You’ve Gotta Go All In

January 24, 2007

In the past seven years, I have probably spent about 3 weeks total time twirling a jump rope in the gym or the parking lot of the church. I’m pretty good at it, if you’re looking for someone to twirl at your next back yard party, by the way. I have twirled for good jumpers who can jump until they just run out of energy and I have twirled for kids who can’t make it over the rope even once. The good news is that the good jumpers usually get better and the less vertically inclined kids tend to catch on after a while.

But good jumper or bad jumper, there’s one thing that all kids have in common:

It’s hard to learn how to “jump in” to a twirling jump rope.

They all want to learn how to do it, but it just seems kind of scary. They stand just outside the twirling rope, trying to figure out when to go for it. They hesitate and usually go about halfway before they stop and the rope hits them because the arc isn’t wide enough to make it all the way around them. Then they usually rub their head or shoulders for a moment because we use the hard jump ropes because they turn better.

Over the years, I have developed a jump rope speech for the would-be jumper-inners. It goes something like this:

Okay, Trey: If you’re gonna jump in, you’ve got to know one thing. You can’t just go halfway. If you go only halfway in and then get scared, the rope is going to hit you. If you want to jump it, you’ve got to go ALL IN. You have to find your spot in the center of the rope and get all the way there and jump.

Inspiring, right?

But it’s the same in our Christian walk. We can just do it halfway. We can’t hesitate and stop while we’re following Jesus. We have to go ALL IN and start jumping!

I met with a friend in ministry today for prayer and he read from Luke 5–Jesus’ calling the disciples. Verse 11 tells us that the disicples left their boats and everything else and followed Jesus. Are we willing to do the same?

3 responses to You’ve Gotta Go All In

  1. I don’t think I ever succeeded in “jumping-in” to the jump rope. Don’t remember if I ever really tried.

    But I did, by the grace of God, “go all in” with Jesus!!!! Yay! :o)

  2. I think I’m opposite of dear Sarah. I was one heck of a jumper-inner! Man, now that I think of it…I loved to jump roped! As for Jesus…I’m learning more and more that I have not gone all the way and will spend the rest of my life trying to jump over just one more twirl. Ah, but the good news! Even if you get hit, He is so patient and, like dear Becky, will spend as long as necessary letting us try again and encouraging us and giving us inspiritation and direction to get it right.

  3. Niklas & Katie Lorentzon January 25, 2007 at 11:34 am

    I was humbled recently by this very phenomenon when I was playing with some 7-9 year old girls and they were all EXPERTS at jumping in and I had NEVER done it before (when I was a little girl I always hung out with the guys and played sports that hurt more than getting knocked in the head with a jumprope) and they thought it was so funny that I was so hesitant about jumping in and that I made so many mistakes! And then they gigglingly taught me how to do it, like the timing of it and all that.

    Mostly, that taught me humility, since little giggling girls could teach me something new.

    But you are right, it is also a picture of our Christian walk. JUST DO IT! Don’t stop halfway!