Usually our son is a pretty good hiker. Today’s journey started out rough! Usually a good hike is packed full of very valuable life lessons today’s hike did not disappoint! As we embarked on our adventure our ears were plagued with continuous whining and complaining from our son! My husband will soon be fifty and I will soon be forty seven, we reminded our twelve year old of our older more worn bodies pushing through the physical strain. The complaints continued on. We had him stand next to me to show that our legs are actually the same length after the excuse of “your legs are longer than mine”, was spewed out! The attitude was rough and put quite the damper on this beautiful day! Finally God placed a thought in my mind that was ever so true for myself more often than I like to admit. “Son you are being weighed down by your bad attitude. It is heavier than your own body is!” If you take that attitude and throw it far down that hill your load will be so much lighter!! You are missing the beauty around. You are missing the warmer air, the sunshine, the fact that you can see so much farther while the leaves are off the trees!! Even the muddy path is kind of fun! It’s fun to get dirty!” It took some coaxing, but praise God the “tude” started to dissipate! The guy found a pocket knife off the beaten path as he did some exploring! He even sang a little! Toward the end of our 6-7 mile travel I heard “the sun looks so nice going down over the river”!
We all really have those moments when our bad attitude and self absorption really weighs us down. It truly weighs down everyone around us! As I explained to our son I used my hands to tug at my chest and then flung my arms in a throwing/tossing motion toward the steep of the bluff, I felt a sense of relief within myself even! Throw that bad attitude away! It boils down to our bad attitude is actually sin creeping in. A bad attitude steals our joy and we miss out on the beauty surrounding us. Even in pain or trials there are blessings God pours upon us if we have our eyes open!
Hebrew 12:1-3 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”