Don’t dare me to rise to a challenge. Seriously. Don’t.
Because I will dare not only to crush your little feat but go beyond your expectations. Because, that’s what I do. I refuse to be defined or limited to others challenges.
In elementary school, I responded to several dares, most I’m not proud of at all. But there is one – that moment I shined in a way that completely transformed the way the back seat bus gang defined me from that day on.
You see, when students were old enough, they were trusted to sit in the back of the bus. A few of us started a game called “Surf” – perhaps you’ve heard of it?
As the bus driver begins to focus on a turn up ahead, two random students jump in the aisle and literally surf until their front or back hit the seats on either side. Smart no. Fun…oh yes!
For some reason, God embedded me with the secret DNA that rocked at this game.
I never got caught.
I never lost.
I never backed-down from a surfing challenge – never.
Keep in mind, I was the girl with thick, bottle cap glasses that bent my knows. The sides sported hearing-aids that hummed and buzzed…it was like being around a human metal detector. Plus I had a short right arm. I stuck out – “surf” was my only place I felt like I could remotely fit-in.
Until the day Johnny brought a skateboard on the bus. His eyes widened, eyebrows heightened as he looked at me and said, “I dare you to surf on this today!”
Now remember – I’m the undefeated champion of this sport.
I never get caught.
I’ve never lost.
…And I never back down from a surfing challenge…never.
With my glasses and hearing-aids on, I quickly assessed the situation. Behind the bus there was a sleek black motorcycle. In front of the bus was appearing to be “the turn” – the curve all “surf daredevils lived for.
It was if God parted the sky and sent down the light of hope from Heaven. This was my moment to shine!
And shine I would – just not exactly in the way I expected…at all.
I laughed this dare if the face, threw my glasses into my book bag and leaped into the air.
You know that fancy slow motion moment in those super-fast karate movies? Well, it was in that moment that I found myself in mid air, deaf, blind and realizing something wasn’t quite right.
I was moving…that’s a good thing.
The bus, on the other hand, was completely stopped – a very bad thing in this light defining moment.
Unknown to me, the motorcycle that was one behind the bus had roared to the front of the bus and decided to slam on it’s breaks.
As gravity would have it, my feet hit the skateboard at the speed the bus was traveling and sent me screeching down the aisle redefining Tony Hawk’s best moves. My body sailed over the bus driver’s head, rolled down the stairs and as luck would have it – the driver opened the door and sent me right out.
And that’s why they decided to enforce seat belts on school busses – thank you very much!
As I found myself on the pavement, I remember questioning if I really was alive. Checking my essential body parts, I got myself up and dreaded boarding the bus again.
…At least I couldn’t hear or see the reactions surrounding me…thank You God!
Yet, the laughter could not be contained within me. You know that moment that you get to laughing so incredibly hard that you truly fear wetting your pants? Oh yes…that was me. That was this moment.
As I felt my way clear back to the backseat of the bus, I grabbed my glasses and returned to the world around me…still laughing.
“Bethany, are you okay?” several classmates asked.
I sat in my seat, arms crossed, bursting with laughter.
A few moments later I contained myself, took a deep breath and said…
“I’m fine…you see, I win.”
In life, we will be pushed to rise or challenge others definitions of us. But do we define ourselves by His definitions or the interpretations of others?
Today Abba whispers:
See My child, I have come to save you. You will trust in Me and not be afraid. I, the LORD GOD am your strength and your song; I have given you victory.” (Isaiah 12:2 NLT)
Dare to be different.
Dare to be confident.
Dare to define yourself simply as His child.
…and dare to say no to riding skateboards on busses.
So…do you have a childhood story about a dare you completed? I’d love to hear about it in the comments today!
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