Extreme Sport

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An extreme sport is a term for certain activities perceived as having a high level of inherent danger. These activities often involve speed, height, a high level of physical exertion, and highly specialized gear or spectacular stunts. The list includes bungee jumping, cliff climbing and white-water kayaking-and get this: something called “Ultimate Fighting”.
And what could be a more extreme sport and spectacular stunt than what John and I have accomplished by being in our 42th year of marriage, and raising 8 kids? The very ACT of marriage calls for highly specialized gear (if you catch my meaning).
Following a two year old through the day involves a high level of physical exertion does it not? John and I have rescued our children from roof peaks, the outside of an escalator headed over a sheer drop from the third floor of Macy’s, and placed ourselves in the line of fire (vomit and diarrhea) numerous times, sometimes bribing each other with rare commodities like 2 hours of peace and quiet to take care of it this time. Okay, three hours and a cheesecake.
I’m not even gonna mention the Ultimate Fighting Championships.
Which, for us consisted of short bursts (me) saying something like, “John. You don’t tell teens to ‘be home at a reasonable hour’ unless reasonable is 4 a.m.” (Which it why we called the hospitals and police the first time our oldest two went to a church youth meeting.)
Even the reasons people engage in extreme sports relate to marriage. Most said they’ve had plenty of adrenaline-pumping moments, but the real pleasure comes from mastering the rush and conquering challenges by developing skill and composure over years of experience.
In forty years we’ve rafted through greater than level 5 white water in our patched up rubber raft named “To Have and To Hold”. Why? Because we both said, “ for better for worse, for rich or for poor, in sickness and in health until death do us part”. And we held on until we figured out how to navigate the falls.
Now in the lap of calm waters, I can look back and say with satisfaction, “You DID remember to put the garbage cans out last night didn’t you?”
(And not care so much if he didn’t).
Malachi 2:14 explains why our prayers often go unanswered: “because you have broken faith with the wife of your youth.” And what goes for the goose, goes for the gander.
So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife [spouse] of your youth. Malachi 2:15

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  1. I am so loving your blog Laura…..I was at your church for several years on Folsom Blvd. And so enjoyed the friends I made and sermons I heard! As a mother of six it was always important for me to know that these people who were teaching and preaching lived in the real world and only kids seem to keep us totally dependant on God’s mercy and love….How comforting for me to know that David had problem kids! And God still loved him! Barbara Anicich

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