The Best Lessons from a Track Meet

track 1Track meets provide a unique perspective on being the best. At one meet, a runner can get the best time and win a race only to find himself less than the best at the next meet even if he runs the same time as in the previous meet.

Then there’s the idea of a personal best. Regardless of time in comparison to other runners, running a personal record (PR) trumps overall place and time. Even the slowest runner at a meet relishes the idea of a personal best.

Also consider the idea that the best in one race, say a 400 meter (once around the track) may very well fail to be the best in a sprint (shorter than a 400 meter) or in a 3,200 meter (8 times around track). In other words, the best in one race usually won’t be the best in every race.

track 2We tell our son, “We’re happy when you do your best,” whatever that might be on any given day. We remind him that his best will vary from day to day too. If he gets a personal record, we need not remind him of this. But when he struggles, like all of us do, he needs reminded of how best fluctuates but always remains the goal of the day.

The best involves giving all you have to the task at hand. It doesn’t mean living for chance but combining chance with preparation. Weather can impact your best, other runners can impact your best, even the crowd may impact your best. But your preparation, good or bad and sufficient or not, exists as an element you can control, and it also significantly impacts your best.

Best also never means that better isn’t possible, first because best varies from day to day and second because the element of growth always leaves open the possibility of a new best. The key, then, lies in progress over perfection.

Strive for the best.

Be your best.

Prepare for the best.

Appreciate the best.

Push beyond the best.

Progress over perfection.

DISCUSSION: Do you always strive for your best, whatever that is on any given day? If not, what needs to change for this to happen?

How Being a Christian is Like Going to Disney

About 5 years ago, my oldest son (now 13) asked, “Mommy, what’s Heaven like?” My answer, though not very spiritual, had the intended impact. I asked him, “Well, nobody knows for sure, but what’s the best place you’ve ever visited?” Without hesitation, he said, “Disney World.” I then said, “Heaven is way better than Disney World.” He’s never forgotten that conversation.

Obviously, I never forgot it either. During our last visit to Disney this past November, God showed His presence at “the happiest place on earth” by revealing several ways that being a Christian is like going to Disney.

Unending Sights

A week is not enough. I’m not sure how many visits would be enough to see all there is to see at Disney. A lifetime is not enough as a Christian to see all that God has for us to experience. I’ve been a Christian my whole life, and God still shows me something new daily. Thank God for eternity where we can see it all!

Variety

If you find Disney boring, let me just say that you’re missing out. Find that inner child and just enjoy! Just like Disney is anything but boring, so too is being a Christian. If you’re a Christian and you’re bored, can I gently say, “You’re missing something”? Have faith like a child, and let the Holy Spirit lead you to a place of excitement and variety like nothing earthly can offer.

Something for All Ages

Watching people of all ages experience Disney is one of my favorite parts of going there. Adults become like kids again, and kids welcome them with a “what took you so long” and “there’s so much to do” enthusiasm. It’s also one of my favorite parts of being a Christian. Young learning from old, old connecting with young, and fellowship with all ages. Cliques and favorites can lead to disunity. Being open to the mingling of all ages can open the door to tremendous variety and joy in the family of God.

Fast Pass Available

For the more-popular rides at Disney, there is what’s called a Fast Pass available. This allows you to schedule a time to come back to the ride, skip the long line, and get right on. So what do you do in the meantime? Go on rides with shorter lines. Get something to eat. Rest. Whatever. Personally, I don’t know why people don’t use the Fast Past more. Jesus is the Fast Pass to Heaven. No waiting. No lines. No scheduling. No requirements or expectations save one: Believe on Him as Savior and Lord.

Hidden Mickeys

By far, finding the Hidden Mickeys is my favorite part of going to Disney. My oldest son and I stay away from rides that aggravate our motion sickness. So while my husband and youngest son go on the more rigorous rides, my oldest and I search for Hidden Mickeys. You need a guide to find them, and finding them brings renewed enthusiasm and excitement for finding more. (Note: The Hidden Mickey in this picture was in the cement, on the ground, next to a ride in Magic Kingdom. To give you an idea of its size, you could sit a pop can on it and hide it.)

God’s Word is filled with hidden truths in the sense that you need to spend time reading the Bible to find them. Even connections to Him in the world come through knowledge of Him through His Word. Even more than with Hidden Mickeys, discovering the truths found in God’s Word brings renewed excitement and enthusiasm for being a Christian. And like the guides showing where to find the Hidden Mickeys at Disney, God’s Word guides us to His truths when we take the time to follow the directions.

Are you expecting to hear from God in any place and at any time?

This post may not seem very spiritual to some people, but I hold tightly to my belief that God is an Everyday God who can and does speak to us in every aspect and detail of our lives. Even a trip to Disney can stimulate the imagination and bring renewed excitement to living life as a Christian.

Are you looking for God everywhere you go and in everything you do?

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