Pump It Up

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When I was a kid, somewhere around the late 80s and very early 90s, I remember seeing the commercial for Reebok Pump sneakers. You pumped the basketball “button” on the tongue of the shoe and it would make you run faster and jump higher! The kids in the ad looked as though they could fly—it was amazing! There’s just something about being “up,” being elevated, that makes us feel special.

But what does it mean to be truly elevated? By definition, it means to be above, to rise up.  How can we make moments rise?  How can we bring the feeling of “up” into our experiences, especially right now?

Let’s think about something—a moment—probably one of the shortest amounts of time, and yet some of the most important and defining things happen in a moment.

Psalms 139:16
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Our moments are so precious to God that he laid them out before the day was over. When my eldest daughter was born, everyone told my husband and me that time would fly by, it would feel like a moment. And it is most definitely true! So, to enjoy these moments together, we disconnect from the rest of the world. My husband and I put away our phones, no social media or Pinterest, no tablets or TVs. We sit and we laugh and play games. We make purposeful, mountain-top moments by just enjoying the moment.

Matthew 27:51 (emphasis added)
At that moment the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom …

God only needs a moment to make a lasting and incredible impact, and that is all we need as well.

John 2:1-11 tells the story of how Jesus turned water into wine. In one moment, he was able to make a complete transformation that elevated the situation.

We all have an opportunity to create moments of elevation for those around us. This week, help create a peak moment for your spouse, friend, child, or coworker. Do something for them that makes an ordinary moment in the day feel special. Surprise your family this Saturday with a daytrip somewhere special. Say, “Yes” to your child when they ask for a second cookie. Buy lunch for a coworker. These may seem like small gestures, but they can go a long way in letting others know that they matter to God, and to you.

How can I elevate the moments in my life? What things, people, or situations can I give more thought and time to in order create an elevated and meaningful moment? How can I let God get the glory in all of my moments?

Next Steps:
Take time to think about what kind of intentional moments you would like to have. Make plans that will allow for moments of elevation in spirit, mood, and relationships, and then capture those moments to build a collection of treasured memories.

Dear Lord, thank you for all of the moments! Help me to be purposeful in how I use my moments, and teach me how to capture and nourish each one. Thank you for giving me the ability to recognize you in the midst of my every day, and help me know when to take the time to enjoy what you have given me! In Jesus’ name, amen!

This post was written by TreVe Carter. TreVe is a housewife. She loves taking care of her two daughters and Mother. When’s she is not beating her husband in Jeopardy, she serves at Cedar Creek on Brew Crew. She loves Jesus. She also loves to cook and bake and one day would love to compete on the Holiday Baking Championship.

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3 replies
  1. Nathan Campbell
    Nathan Campbell says:

    I most definitely had them Pump Shoes in the 7th Grade. I can attest that it doesn’t make you faster or jump higher. Lol.
    Really loved this weekend message because it really makes you think how you can really have an impact on someone’s life and make a difference just by simply making a moment for them. Thanks TreVey for your reminder today to take the time to make those moments for our family.

  2. Julie Estep
    Julie Estep says:

    Thank you for encouraging me to be an elevator for someone. Reaching out to another person can be so uplifting! It starts out me doing for another, but ends up doing more for me! God is so good in this design! Amen.

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