Lessons I learned from the Hula Hoop

Hula hoops
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The hula hoop spun around me and promptly fell to the floor, a huge eruption of laughter came from the gallery…. Ok it was actually my backyard, and my 4 kids hysterically laughing that mommy could not keep a hula hoop spinning. My oldest even lovingly reminded me that I was the one who taught her how to hula hoop. I had forgotten how. My kids gladly lined up to coach me in the art of hula hoop. None of their advice helped so I decided it was the hula hoop’s fault…it was bent. Unfortunately for me, my daughter picked up the hoop and spun it perfectly. Crushed, I logically resorted to google the process. Lol. Like it or not…. You are influencing someone and how you accomplish your God given assignments is teaching lessons about God everyday.

“If your actions inspire anyone to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader” .caseytreat

“In the journey of life, there are many tourists. Making a mark in someone’s life is more fulfilling than just sharing a memory!! What r u doing 2 mentor, train & influence others, who’ll impact cities, nations & world? Don’t wait til you’re READY or you’ll never do it! #INFLUENCE jonjon4jc

Here are a few thing God taught me through my hula hoop lessons:

1) It’s all about perspective.

Have you ever noticed how as a child things can be carefree, mindless fun, but when we try to do it again as an adult…. We have forgotten how to play and resort to analyzing the process? We mirror this in Christianity. As a new Christian we are grateful for everything and can’t wait to get to church, but over time we lose our groove and forget the simplicity and joy of our walk. The joy of the Lord is our strength! Negativity only sows to the flesh! Speak God‘s perspective! As a leader\Maturing christian  it is so easy to get caught up in the work of ministry and forget to have fun. We have lost sight of childlike faith, childlike joy, and so essentially we have lost sight of our purpose! We are supposed to be full of joy in the process….. Joy is a perspective, not a circumstance.

“Leaders goal; Approach every new day or season, with anticipation & belief that the BEST is yet to come!BrianCHouston

‘and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.’

2) Timing is everything.

In hula hoop you have to find the rhythm and keep it going. If you try to go at your own rhythm the hoop falls. We must understand that God has a perfect rhythm set up for our lives. Pushing ahead too fast or lazily moving breaks that rhythm and it seems as if our lives fall apart. We must trust God and go at his pace. We have gotten mad at God and people when timing seemed off… When in reality it is God who is perfectly setting the pace for His perfect will to be accomplished in and through us. Leaders…. we have to stop trying to push our way into God’s will. Leaders can easily fall into two dangerous categories… Getting ahead of God, and complacency. Both are equally detrimental to the timing and will of God. God does want us to aggressively pursue Him and His will, but push past him and shove him out of the way and watch the destruction that ensues.

“Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

God’s “due season” & our “due date” are rarely at the same time… keep going TRUST HimChristineCaine

“his ways are perfect! Trust in the Lord with all your heart

“Before you speak,remember you can’t unsay something. (Dont learn this the hard way)” RickWarren by jonjon4jc

3) Core strength is essential.

When your core/stomach muscles are strengthened it gives you balance and allows you to keep spinning the hoop. I am working at getting my core strengthened again after 4 children…. As the hoop was falling to the ground after another failed attempt… I foolishly blamed the hoop. The problem was not the hoop, even though in appearance it was really messed up. The problem was my core/inside strength and balance.

How many times do we foolishly blame people, leaders, churches for a problem that really looks justified.

“God does not look at the outward but he examines our hearts”

How is your core? Your heart with God? Usually it is our Own heart that God is wanting to fix….not the broken outward Object, person, place or thing. First look at the heart and allow God to begin to strengthen us from the inside out! Bible, prayer, attitude adjustments…. They all work to strengthen us. I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called. Eph. 4 http://www.biblestudytools.com/ephesians/4.html

As we begin to work on our perspective, or timing issues, and our core, We will begin to see a maturity arise….a balance that causes us to easily keep the pace. The hoop doesn’t get fixed but our ability to use the hoop we have been given gets fixed.

The simple key to all three of these hula hoop principles to Christianity is the Word of God. The bible says that a Christian has a new way of thinking, we learn God’s way of thinking and doing things…. So do you think like God does? We must have our minds transformed by the reading the word of God, It will change everything!  Listen to God’s Word, read it, sing it…. It will adjust our perspective, timing and core in our spiritual “hula hoop” balancing act :o)  When we get God’s perspective again…. it will be fun again and we can let go of our needless analyzing.

What we don’t sacrifice for we don’t truly appreciate! You can do this! Don’t give up! It’s gonna be worth it!

added 4\29\13: a great message by my friend on finding your sphere- your hula:


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