2012 Goal: Learning to Swim

I never thought learning to swim would be this difficult. And after a couple swimming lessons in the past week, I never thought swimming could be this easy. Wait a minute, you’re saying (for those who know me), “You’re forty-seven years old and you’re just learning to swim? Well, yes and no. If you’ve followed this blog, you’ve probably read a few posts about my Ironman triathlete friend, Scott Rigsby. After being with Scott last October for the 2011 Ford Ironman, watching the world’s greatest athletes compete in one of the world’s most challenging endurance races, and getting to be a part of Scott’s team, I finally threw in the towel (some pun intended) and made it my 2012 goal to do a triathlon. And after the past two months in the pool, I’ve wondered, “What have I got myself into?”

Swimming in Grace

In his book Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson talks about grace and the art of writing. As he read poet William Stafford‘s book on creative writing, Stafford’s analogy of swimming reminded Peterson of God’s grace. This is a beautiful passage for anyone seeking to follow Christ and live a creative life in Him.

…any reasonable person who looks at water [grace], and passes a hand through it, can see that it would not hold a person up…But swimmers [followers of Jesus] know that if they relax on the water [grace] it will prove to be miraculously buoyant;