More lessons learned

Monday, May 31, 2010

For the past six weeks, track and field season has consumed our lives. With both of our girls participating this spring, life has been a non-stop turnstile of practices, uniforms, spikes and track meets. Throw in an ankle injury and it's been more like a revolving circus!

But as I've watched athletes run, jump, and throw, I've learned a few truths that can help me, and hopefully you, cross the finish line in our own seasons of life:

  • It takes effort and discipline to accomplish your goals.
  • Don't settle for anything less than the best - God's best!
  • Don't look back - it only slows you down and lets your opponent take back hard-fought ground from you!
  • It's the little things that make the difference; those little things that mean the difference between winning and losing.
  • Even if you have gifts, abilities, and talent, you still have to keep working and pushing yourself - raw talent alone won't bring victory!
  • You have to BELIEVE.
  • Wise counsel and guidance is essential, BUT you have to be willing to heed that wisdom or else you'll keep making the same mistakes and not reach your goal.
  • Don't compare yourself to everyone else, it only distracts you - focus on what you can do!
  • You must have mental focus because "as a man a thinks in his hearts, so he is" (Proverbs 23:7).
Track season is over for this year and it's been a great one for both my girls -- they learned a lot and even won a few medals! As for me, I may not have run a dash, leaped through the air, or jumped over a hurdle, but I was a winner too -- I learned some great lessons that will help me run and finish the race God has purposed for me to win. I'm hoping you'll be encouraged to win yours too!