A Community on Wheels

My husband, son and I went roller skating last week with some friends.  It was my son’s first time and I had not been in over 25 years!  It was so much fun.  I was curious as to how my son would respond to trying something new.  Sometimes he gets so frustrated if he can’t figure things out on the first or second attempt.  Hmm…I wonder where he gets that from?

However, he never once became overly frustrated.  And here is the reason why. 

It was the atmosphere. Everywhere you looked were sons and daughters clinging to their parent for support…trusting them for support.  Everywhere you looked you saw children (and adults) losing their balance and falling down.  Everywhere you looked you saw those same people quickly getting back up and trying again.  I LOVED IT!

Then it dawned on me why I enjoyed this environment so much.

Roller skating is authentic community on wheels!

It’s okay if you fall down…we are there to support you as you get back up.

No one is going to laugh as you clumsily make your way through life.  (Well, we might laugh with you but never at you.)

It’s okay to cling desperately to the Father for support.  It’s okay.  In fact, it’s the best way to learn how to find balance and stability on this roller rink called life

Linking up with Jen today over at Finding Heaven.

10 thoughts on “A Community on Wheels

  1. Kandi


    I think after reading this I am going to have to strap on my skates and hit the rink. Don’t you just love the way the Father calls us to depend on Him, and the community of His children that are here to uplift and support one another no matter where we are in the world.

    Blessings to you Eileen.

  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen – excellent point, clinging to the Father for all you’re worth is the best way to get balance and direction. Great post.
    God bless

  3. Phil D. Malmstrom

    Love the analogy Eileen, and what great, fun photos! I’ll admit, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve strapped on skates, but with that perspective it almost sounds like a good idea…

    Almost. 😉

    Have a Blessed Day my friend!

    1. Pam

      Gotta agree with you Phil–I love the analogy and the picture it paints of our Heavenly Father. I also love to skate; but last time I found that the floor is very unforgiving and my “skating” muscles grumbled for a week afterwards! Thanks, Eileen, for a great post.
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