There are times something like a smell, taste, or picture takes you back to a previous time in your life. I recently found this picture of me pole-vaulting in high school. The mullet/Bill Clinton hair with the short-shorts was just a bonus to the real story of my pole vaulting journey but it can be summed up like this: 7th grade through 10th grade was trying to vault right handed (I am left handed) and it was really bad. My coach finally figured out the problem and I finished my carrier holding the school ready for 10-years.
In high school and since people would ask, “Why do you pole vault” the answer for most vaulters – “it is one awesome fall.” There is really no other feeling in the world like throwing your arms back and just letting go! Letting go and just letting the mat catch you underneath. * Seriously even right now my heart rate is raising thinking about the power, the air, and the fall.
People ask “what’s it like to be Christ-follower?” There are churchy answers I can give but to me it is jumping and throwing my arms back. The same freedom I felt in the air in high school is the same freedom I feel when I trust Him with every step because He knows best anyway. My life has had its ups and downs, right and wrong decisions, but after almost 42 years I am confident that when I let go instead of holding on He works it out.
Trusting God and the Pole Vault – it is one awesome fall!
*Note I did miss the mats completely once while attempting 13 feet my junior year, put a hole in my foot because I almost missed them, and have countless times smacked by body with a pole but those are for another time.
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When we look at Photosynthesis what is your favorite part of the whole process and why? (at least 3 good sentences and then respond to 2 classmates)