the plate spinner.

Posted: July 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


Have you ever seen a plate spinner? Maybe on late night TV or at a circus? His act is pretty simple, yet really stressful. He spins plates, just average glass dinner plates, lots and lots of plates. His job is to keep them in motion. He comes out on stage, he clears his throat, cracks his knuckles (this is called creating tension) and grabs a plate and starts spinning it on top of a long pole. Then he spins ANOTHER and ANOTHER until he has a plethora of plates spinning around. He has to pay attention to see if a plate starts to wobble. If it does, he has to dash over and spin it again. To me it seems like really stressful stuff.
Here’s a question, do YOU ever feel like this dude? Do you find yourself frantically doing 75 things at once, you have all your plates spinning. And, you are petrified that you are going to drop a plate (or 6).
There’s no rest for you, you gotta keep things going! Keep spinning those plates. It’s more rush than rhythm .
Life has a way of throwing plates at you
You gotta…
do this, be there, pick up, drop off, fix, decide, complete, learn, relearn, move, move faster, perform, work, work harder…
It never stops or slows down.
You have all these plates spinning.
Keep it going as fast as you can and pray that it all doesn’t crash and break.
Our world spins out of control.
Maybe it’s time to turn some of your plates into frisbees. Realize that some plates were never yours to spin and hurl them as far as you can! Fling them!
Here’s another thought: why in the WORLD would you spin a plate when you can fill it! Fill your plate with cool, interesting stories smothered in awesome sauce.
Why not fill your plate with some promises that you can remember when the temptation to spin is strong.
Here are a couple of really cool promises to get you started:

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Give God your plates. Don’t spin, surrender! He’s much better at keeping things in the air than we are!

Here’s an invitation from Jesus to dance..
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

You can’t dance and spin plates at the same time. Slow down, wait a minute, don’t rush, learn the rhythm of grace.

We find a grace that calms our spinning world when we sit in the presence of the Prince of peace.

Stop spinning! surrender and sit a while.

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