Saturday, January 26, 2008

Championship Round

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Ana Ivanovic, smiles as she fights hard to her defending champion, Maria.
"It's a learning experience and a learning process."
Isn't that what life's about?
We need to move beyond our challenges and consciously choose to look
at cultivating new habits that will keep us growing.

I love tennis. Congratulations to both these young women.
What a tremendous accomplishment for these young 20-year olds.
The sweat, the hard work and determination sums it all up.

Two young female athletes with strong attitudes.
I love what Maria Sharpova stated in her classy speech.

"Champions take chances and pressure is a privilege."

This past year I've taken an inventory of my access _________ (You know what I'm talking about) It's been long overdue. I have always loved sports and as a child I dreamt of being an Olympic athlete. Well, I didn't achieve that title, but I can sure enjoy being a spectator and appreciate the hard work that athletes must face daily.
This year I have challenged myself to run, walk, or hike in the snow, wind, rain or sunshine, rather than going to a fitness gym. (I have lost 2 pedometers, so I gave up counting steps)
I feel so empowered and exhilarated when I can set foot out there and feel the elements pounding on my face. It's my time to be alone and feel spiritual and physical renewal.

Isn't that what the game of life is all about? Sometimes we all get down on ourselves and we are discouraged and have so many questions about God and the circumstances that surround us. Why are babies born with challenges? Why was my young son hit by a drunk driver? Why do mothers have to die when I still crave her friendship and support? Why is there so much abuse? Why are so many families divorcing? Why are there so many homeless?

We are all in a race, for some of us it may be more in the physical realm and the next person it may be with their spiritual journey.
Paul encourages us, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 3:13)

We're all champions and we all take chances, but remember it's the pressures and challenges that make us grow and learn from our experiences.
How will you end your championship round?
Don't think of what you lost or what hasn't worked for you, but think of what you have left and start your new journey with renewed freshness.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends.

Marg

2 comments:

  1. Marg .. .thank you for those challenging words. I feel too that its God's promises that are new every morning that keeps me focused on the prize.

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  2. Thanks for the reminder...I shall press on & count my temporary troubles a blessing! I look forward to the next 'set'...the next innning...the next round... because I know my God is faithful, no matter how badly I mess up!

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