Lies the Kill Zone Tells You

Learning to surf at thirty-something requires a willingness to sputter like a toddler in swimmies and a healthy dose of humiliation. It also demands mental toughness to defeat the wave’s wallopings. Now doesn’t this sound vaguely like life?

I thought I was reasonably ready for my first surf lesson. Yoga has improved my balance, and I did burpies to help prepare for changing stance from lying on the board to going vertical. Points for a good pupil, right?

But like so much in life, preparation can’t top hands-on experience.

With great anticipation, I plunged into St. Augustine’s waves. That’s when the words kill zone took on a whole new meaning. Forget getting on the board and trying to surf. First, I had to get past the barrage of breaking waves.

To read about the rest of my surfing adventure and takeaways, visit DailyPS.com. 

I’d love to hear your thoughts on my story. Much like breaking waves,  lies can pummel us at times. How have you fought past them, and how have others spoken truth into your life in those situations?

~ Kristen

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Though She Fall: Takeaways of a First-Time Surfer

I’m Florida born and raised, so learning to surf needed to happen at some point. The well-meaning worriers assumed I would be eaten by sharks. Good news is that didn’t happen, but I did gain a new respect for the sport and the life lessons it teaches.

Watch, Learn, and Surf Humbly

There’s a YouTube video that explains the top 10 mistakes first-time surfers make. If you’re interested in watching, click here. I’m pretty sure I broke all of them multiple times.

When we’re growing up or learning anything new, people typically tell us: “Now don’t do this or that. You don’t want to make the same mistakes I did.”

Truth is, I would much rather learn from others’ mistakes than make my own, but in this crazy life, that’s not always an option.

My takeaway: Watch the videos. Listen to the advice. And surf humbly, because you’re going to tumble, eat the surf, scrape your knee, get hit on the head, and so many more things you wish you could just bypass in the learning curve.

But that’s the reality about surfing and life. There’s no “skip the rough stuff” button. However, I trust God who says He’s never going to leave me or forsake me (Hebrews 13:5).

His Word promises in Psalm 37:23-24:

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand (NKJV).

I’m going to fall in this life, and so are you. The real question is: Who’s going to lift your head when you’re sputtering for breath? I trust the Lord Jesus Christ who is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Next time, I’ll share about the kill zone and the lies it wants us to believe. Who knew surfing was so mental? There’s a clear takeaway for real life wallops, too.

Has life ever pushed you down? How did your faith uphold you through those times?

~ Kristen

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