These are not jungle hangouts with happy hours for our primate friends. The official term is horizontal ladder.
They used to be on every playground, but you don’t see them as much anymore and perhaps we are paying the price as a society.
Society paying the price for not having as many monkey bars on our children’s playgrounds—stop right there, I am not reading anymore.
OK. It is probably better than you just stick to your comfort zone and not read any further. Apparently you were deprived of monkey bars and are suffering for it right now.
This is nonsense!
No this is part of the common sense that is missing in our nation.
To transverse the horizontal ladder, one must reach out with one hand and grasp the bar in front. You can do this safely while standing on the short ladder you climbed. You have one hand on the bar immediately in front of you and one on the bar just beyond that.
You are safe. Your hands are on the bars and your feet are still on the ladder. Nothing seems to be at risk.
Of course, you are not getting anywhere either. To move you must release your grip on the bar which is farther to the rear and swing towards the bar beyond the one you are grabbing. For a moment, all of you weight is borne by one arm, at least until you grasp the next bar.
Now you are held aloft only by your hands and arms. You could just hang there and get tired or you could release the hand behind you and swing to the empty bar beyond the one you are holding with your other hand.
Now you are traversing the horizontal ladder. Now you are getting the hang of the monkey bars.
You might even catch the rhythm of this exercise releasing your rearward hand just as you grasp the forward bar. Once you catch the idiom, you don’t want to stop swinging. Soon you even find a way to turn around quickly at the end of the monkey bars and start back the other direction without ever coming to a complete halt.
OK, after 5 or 6 trips back and forth, you might get a little tired, but you are not only gaining strength and coordination and confidence; you are learning a life lesson.
A simple lesson—that to move forward, you must let go of your past. You can’t remain anchored in your past and live. You have to let go of the past with a firm grip on “right now” and reach for the future.
The only way that we can truly live is to go forward. That means that we let go of our mistakes, guilt, anger, pride, worldly accomplishments, and anything else that would keep us from reaching to the future.
God has blessed us in that we can only live going forward. We can exist holding on to one or two bars with our feet on the ladder but that is not living.
We can make sure that public schools remove all the monkey bars from their playgrounds for some politically correct reason or we could let our children learn a basic life lesson on livng.
· Let go
· Have a good hold on right now
· Reach for the future
· Repeat and enjoy
We need to let go of anything that hinders us going forward. We might bear the weight of some lessons as we go from bar to bar, but we let go of the burdens.
Oh by the way, Jesus gave us a good place for those burdens. Leave them at the foot of the cross and don’t come back looking for them.
Let go and reach for the future!
p.s. Sometimes you might fall off the bars despite your best efforts. That is why there is a ladder at each end. Brush yourself off, ignore the temporary pain, and get back to swinging and having fun.
Get rid of what gets in the way…