And the timer rings, and I am suddenly a "big fish" in my small pond. And let's face it. Being a big fish in the home is huge. And we all know that's an illusion. No sooner have we reached big fish-dom, and the next meal needs to be made, a spill needs to be cleaned up or a child has pooped on the carpeting.. or whatever. But for that moment, that little moment in time, you are a big fish.
But lately, my pond has gotten bigger. We've been out of the house more--interacting with even more outsiders. I've been pushing my fitness level more, adding new workouts here and there. Today, I took advantage of a friend's offer to take a pilates class at a local health club.
"Small fish" I told myself as I drove there. At the Y, I'm a medium sized fish, being one of the only pilates teachers to have the certifications that I have. But at this health club, everybody is: fit, healthy, strong, thin, and qualified. And yet, if I want to get better, I need to push myself and train with the big fish.
Do you guys do that? Do you push yourselves to be with those who are a lot better than you.. whether it's homeschooling, homemaking, fitness, or ?? It's hard to be around the experts and relax and be the beginner for a while.
As I was contemplating my size as a small fish, I remembered the Lord Jesus is the ultimate in small fish, when he came to earth in all humility. He wasn't a small fish out of circumstances. He did it by choice. That's a good thought to end on right there. For our sakes, he became poor. That we, through his poverty, might be big, rich fish.