1.17.2008

Hopping to the Finish Line

"In communities, at work, but particularly in families, people are put together in something like a three-legged race. God means us to cross the finish line together, and all the other people tied together with us play some part in our progress. They are oftentimes used to rouse our stubborn sins to the surface, where we can deal with them and overcome them. Bundled together in families, a giant seven or nine or fifteen legged pack, we seem to make very poor progress indeed and fall to the ground in bickering heaps with some regularity. But God has put us together - has appointed each person in your bundle specifically for you, and you for them. And so, 'little children, let us love one another' with might and main, and keep hopping together toward the finish line." [Fredrika Matthewes-Green, from "The Illuminated Heart"]


We do need each other. Thanks for being in my bundle. Let's keep hopping!
[picture via flickr]

14 comments:

Christie said...

Cute picture and great quote. What a nice reminder. Thanks for posting.

100 Percent Cottam said...

oh, i love that! what a great analogy.

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feltc said...

Fantastic thoughts. I love thinking about the people I'm "tied to" and the roles we play for each other. I firmly believe that the people we meet come into our lives for a reason. Thanks for being such a great example in my life, Jan.

Hayley said...

that picture just makes me smile. jan - you're so sweet! i love that about you!

hoLLy said...

i'm so grateful to be tied to you! when we moved, i thought that was goodbye but i'm so glad we have reconnected through blogging. its so fun and i love to check out what you are doing and the inspiring things you have to say. you are awesome!

thehiltonfamily said...

I love that!! Thanks for sharing.

Kristi said...

I love this--you always have quotes that put a smile on my face, Jan! Thanks for sharing!

Cammie said...

That is a great analogy. Thank you for being in my bundle. I always look forward to your insight and blog comments. You are so thoughtful and full of wisdom. Thanks for sharing.

Jori said...

That was SO appropriate for me thanks Jan! Somebody in my extended family bundle is always irritating me, but I know I need her. You have just inspired me to be nicer.

Natalie Scott said...

Seriously, what would we do without eachother? Love it. Thanks!

Hacking it up said...

There is always such wisdom and experience on your blog! I love it! Thanks for the reminders!

Darleen said...

it's no surprise you are a primary president. I'm sure your counselors love working with you.

Sarah said...

I love that. I love my bundle. Who would want to cross that finish line without everyone in their big messy three legged race?