Proverbs 14:23 All hard work brings profit but mere talk leads only to being poor.
This past weekend, I did a Sprint Triathlon in Callaway Gardens. I was pretty excited to be going. Halfway through the swim, I got kind of frustrated because, as I was getting kicked and passed and pushed by the other grannies in my wave, I had a strong, clear thought. I was getting passed and left behind because I had not put in the work to be the first one out of the water. I “wanted” to be successful, but that’s all. I “wanted”. I did not take the time to prepare myself to make it happen. I still finished the race and had a great time with friends, but it taught me a great life lesson.
She who finishes last….still finishes. I know that. But is that what I want for my life? To just “finish”? I don’t. I want to be everything that God designed me to be. During that swim across the lake with 50 other women my age, a seed was planted in my thoughts. I can have so many desires in my heart to be better, to do better, to give more, to have more, or whatever. I can pray and pray and ask God for these things. I can live my life disappointed that things aren’t happening for me. I can wait for others to do it for me. OR, I can do my part to make things happen. Once God gives us an idea, I think He expects us to do our part and make it happen.
God, sometimes You have to get my attention in the oddest places; like in the middle of a lake during a 400 meter swim. I know that You have a plan and a purpose for every one of our lives, but we can’t just sit here and hope things happen for us. Thank You for reminding me that I need to do my part. Swim or drown. Works for me. I better get to swimming.