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I do my own stunts just not very well

The Life Less Traveled

November 13, 2013
You'd be surprised how many things you see on TV and in the movies that don't actually work at home. I spent my entire childhood learning this the hard way.

Here are a few tips I discovered through trial and error (mostly error):

You cannot make a Batman grappling gun using a coat hook and twine.It may snag a tree branch, but, if you try to climb it, you'll fall flat on your back. The same goes for the cheap Indiana Jones bullwhips they sell gullible kids.

Speaking of Batman, you should not jump off of high places with an umbrella. Just because the Penguin can fly with one doesn't mean you can, too.

If you tie a rope to a swing set and slide down it like it's Spider-Man's web, your hands will sting for at least three days. Gloves are recommended.

No matter how many bottle rockets you strap to your Star Wars action figures, they will not hover like Boba Fett in his jetpack. They will just explode.

Have you ever seen that T-shirt that says, "I do my own stunts?" I needed one that said, "I do my own stunts just not very well."

Sure, I may not have had mad super-hero skills, but the way I figured it, my biggest problem was not having the right gear.

Give me a high-tech umbrella like the Penguin's, and I'd fly around Gotham City all day long. With a real utility belt or web-shooters, I could at least swing around a tree. And if I had an honest-to-goodness jetpack?I'd launch out of a Sarlaac pit faster than you could say "nerdy Star Wars reference."

But I had none of those gadgets. No matter how hard I tried, I just wasn't equipped to do the job.

You ever feel like that in everyday life? I don't know about you, but I regularly find myself in situations where I feel like I'm in way over my head. Whether it's dealing with a tough relational issue or facing a challenge at work, I often find myself telling God, "I'm just not equipped to deal with this."

The moment I admit to God I can't handle it and am totally dependent on Him to step in and save the day, that's when everything changes. Why? Because then it doesn't matter what I'm equipped to do. It's about what God's equipped to do.

It's like an ancient songwriter once said, "I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1, NIV)

My circumstance may not change overnight, but when I turn things over to God, I begin to see a way through it. Life may not work out like it does in the movies, but the more I trust what God can do on my behalf, the more light I see at the end of the tunnel.

Sure, I may not be equipped to handle life's biggest challenges, but I know who is, and I will take His help over a web-shooter or jetpack any day.

Jason Byerly, a 1990 graduate of Crawford County Junior-Senior High School, is the children's pastor at Southland Christian Church near Lexington, Ky. He and his wife have two daughters. For more, visit www.jasonbyerly.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/jasondbyerly.

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