Watching the Olympics is great. You get to see a person strive for something that in some cases they have worked their entire life to achieve. You see their triumphs and their failures. You see the agony of defeat and the ecstasy of winning on their faces. Some of them participate in just one event and that’s it. One question I keep asking everyone is, if you were in the Olympics, what sport would you participate in? My choices are gymnastics as I was always flipping around the house, and track & field. I would want to be just like Flo Jo (Florence Johnson) and wear cute outfits, with my nails done and hair flying in the wind! For you millennials, if you don’t know who Flo Jo was, look her up.
However, all my wishing and hoping is not going to make that dream come true. I wasn’t meant to be an Olympian. I don’t and didn’t have the skills necessary to compete at that level. It’s nice to dream about it. But instead of me dreaming about a life that I wasn’t supposed to have, why not dream about the life that I AM supposed to have.
It’s so easy to look at someone else’s life and think, “If I only had their life” or “If I only had their opportunity”, or even “Why couldn’t that be me”? I read some place that people who spend too much time on Facebook have a tendency to get depressed because they are looking at other people’s lives and everything they are doing and it makes them feel bad about their life.
Instead of looking at other people’s lives and thinking theirs is so much better than yours, why not begin to live YOUR life? Why not begin to see the unique gifts and talents that you possess and begin to work those? Oh, I can hear you now…. “I don’t have any skills and talents”. Yes, you do! Everyone who has ever been born, was born with a specific set of skills and talents. It’s up to you to find out what those skills are and begin to develop them.
What usually holds us back from living the life you were meant to lead is fear. Fear of what others think. Fear that you’re not good enough. Fear that it’s too crazy of an idea. Fear that you will fail. You’ll never know until you try. It’s a good thing that Simone Manuel didn’t let the fact that no African-American woman had ever won a gold medal in swimming stop her. I’m glad that Michelle Carter didn’t let people’s opinion stop her and became the first American female and African-American to win a gold at shot put.
What’s stopping you? Put those fears aside and begin to live the life you were meant to lead. And when you do, there will be someone watching you that will celebrate your life. You may not win a gold medal, but you’ll have something more valuable…I life that accomplished all you were meant to be.
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Love you to life!