Get Back On Your Board: You Cannot Survive On Yesterday’s High

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When we went to the beach this past year, I was incredibly impressed with all the surfers.

The beach we frequent is known to be a good surfing spot, so many times I found myself watching surfers ride a wave.

I watched as they paddled out to the wave, got up on their board, and rode the wave.

I don’t know much about surfing, but I was impressed with their ability to do this, over and over again.

Sometimes the surfers struck out and fell off their board. 

Sometimes they missed the wave.

But they still chased after the next one.

And even when they got the wave and rode it all the way, do you know what they did? They got back on their board and chased the next one.

Those surfers weren’t satisfied with one good ride. Can you imagine if every surfer quit after finally getting a good wave?

What about if a football player quit playing football after scoring a touchdown? Or if a cheerleader quit after perfecting a move?

How weird would that be!

No one in their right mind would quit after achieving a simple goal. They don’t want to just live off of that one good moment for the rest of their lives. 

So why do we?

You see in life, so many of us are trying to live off of that one good moment. 

We’re trying to survive off of that one happy moment, that time we felt the most joyful, that time we felt most at peace.

We’re trying to live off of our “high” from youth camp or the church revival.

But that’s not possible.

Imagine eating one big meal and then not eating for the rest of your life. That would not fly. Your body would begin to get hungry again and demand more food. And when you don’t deliver, it’ll suffer. The body cannot survive without sustenance. 

The same is true for us. We cannot live on yesterday’s high.

Yesterday’s high should excite us and encourage us to pursue the same thing tomorrow.

When a surfer catches a wave, they get back on the board to experience that all over again — to experience something greater than last time. They chase that feeling down.

We should be doing the same in our relationship with Christ.

We cannot simply be satisfied with yesterday’s high. We should want to experience it all over again — to experience something greater than last time. We should want to chase that feeling down.

If you’ve been living on yesterday’s high, I encourage you to get back on your board today and chase the wave down. Go after it and experience Him all over again. Experience His joy, His peace, all over again. Keep coming back for more, because our God is more than enough for us.

So today, will you jump back on your board?


Maddisen Sauls is the smile and voice behind the Everyday Joy blog as well as the author of the Word of the Week posts and the editor of by leaps and bounds. Throughout her life, Maddisen has worked as a reporter for small town newspapers, a School Age and Preschool teacher, and has acquired her ministerial license. 

An avid book reader and lover of the written word, Maddisen is passionate about using her favorite medium to reach the lost and the hurting, and to offer encouragement and hope to those struggling through life. 

Following her battle with depression, Maddisen has made it her mission to help other people through this journey and to bring joy to the lives of the people around her. 

You can find Maddisen on Instagram @maddisen.paige

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