The first  half-pipe was discovered by a handful of kids that would trek out to an old water site outside of San Deigo- they would skate these old big pipes and the slopes of the pipes would help them to gather speed and as they would gain confidence they would try things- crazy things like flips, board slides, and 360's.

Half pipes allow skaters to gain speed and as they gain speed and confidence they throw tougher and riskier tricks.

I'm beginning to think that God has designed life to be a half-pipe.

(commense laughter)

These were actual thoughts in my brain as I read some old entries... specifically this one.

I feel this wind of change in me- like I have been barreling down a half-pipe.... I have gotten some speed and I've tried a few tricks, like filling  out our paperwork for adoption and stepping out in some uncomfortable ministry opportunities.

Nothing big.  Small stuff but for me I am feeling the rush of adrenaline you get when you take a risk- try a trick.  I have had my knees scraped and crashed enough to want to quit but something about being on a half-pipe makes you not want to get off- even if it hurts.  It feels like you might really be living. And the fear that kept me watching other people rather than throwing tricks myself-  it's evaporating- getting smaller.

"Wind beneath my wings" is now playing in the background of my head somewhere. So before this gets even more ridiculous.  I will end with this.

What would you do if you were not limited by fear?

What trick are you supposed to throw?

Fear is not just a little thing- it is stopping us from the things we are meant to be doing.

“Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve.” Proverbs 24:12