Coldplay’s song, Every Teardrop is a Waterfall contains the line, “Maybe I’m in the gap between the two trapezes.”  Whenever I hear this song, this image comes to mind.

Just imagine sitting high above the ground.

Your hands are on the trapeze bar, with white knuckles and sweaty palms.

You take a few deep breaths before launching yourself, swinging down and accelerating quickly through the air.

You can see the other trapeze bar coming towards you, but at the last second, you decide to stay where you are and hold on to what you know.

You swing back up and as you do so, a voice cries out, “To get to the other trapeze bar, you have to let go of the one you’re on first.”

“I know, I know,” you mutter under your breath.

You swing towards the other trapeze again and this time you let go.

Suddenly, you’re in the gap between the two trapezes and your heart jumps out of your chest.

A million thoughts rush through your mind, as you simultaneously experience a burst of fear, energy, hyper-awareness and panic.

You’re in limbo for only a fraction of a second, but everything seems to happen in slow motion.

Your hand reaches out, but you can’t rush it.  You have to wait for a moment for the bar to come within your reach and then… you grab it.

You grip tightly at first, and then you relax as your other hand also grasps the bar.

You made it!

You managed to let go of the past and now you’ve grabbed hold of the new opportunity.

You feel euphoric and shout out with elation as you alight on the other side.

You climb down the ladder and as you leave the area, you notice someone where you were only a few moments ago sitting nervously, holding onto the trapeze bar.

You’re about to walk away when something prompts you, so you turn around and yell out encouragingly, “To get to the other trapeze bar, you have to let go of the one you’re on first.  You can do it!”

As you leave, you feel six inches taller than you did before.  “What’s next?”  you wonder to yourself, with great confidence that whatever it is, you’re better prepared for the challenge.

You’ve managed to do it once and you know that you can do it again.

I have three questions for you today:

What are you reaching for?

What do you need to let go of to help you get there?

Who can you encourage to reach for their dreams?

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