Santa Claus brought my kids a ping pong table. Some folks call it a table tennis table, but I call it a ping pong table. (Give yourself a pat on the back if you read that last sentence in your head like Carl from Sling Blade.)
If you think that having a ping pong table sounds like fun–you are right. Whether I am winning or losing or just goofing off, having a ping pong table is a lot of fun.
If you think that having a ping pong table is frustrating–then you probably have a bunch of kids just like I do.
Teaching kids to play the right way is frustrating. Officiating arguments that are caused by them playing is frustrating. Hearing them slam their paddles down on the table is frustrating. Trying to figure out why ABC agreed to air Work It is frustrating.
The frustrations, though, are worth it because of the fun.
In a way, this mirrors how I feel about life.
There are plenty of frustrations. The issues and problems often pile up even as we try so hard to keep that from happening.
There are plenty of reasons to give up. Things don’t work out the way we think they will so much of the time.
There are plenty of uncertainties as we travel along. What we don’t know about the future far outweighs what we do know.
All of those things plus every other bad thing that I must go through are worth it. But it isn’t because of fun.
It’s because of Jesus.
He is my Savior.
And I love Him.
And because of Him, life is worth living no matter how difficult it becomes during this year and beyond.
I hope you feel the same way.
What do you do that is both fun and frustrating?
How do you feel about Jesus?