Culminating Champions


We are humanly comparative, analogous, and often seeking to not only compare our years to an earlier year maybe the younger years of more prosperity, better health, and general happiness.  When one compares each year, one also rates oneself many times in an all out fallacy of accomplishments.  One either achieved or did not achieve.  On the flip side, this reasoning is not one of champions.  A culminating champion always reviews his or her year end stats and competitors, and one seeking to continue, the next season or year, seeks personal fulfillment and personal improvement.

One can see this in the past year’s comparisons during the summer 2016 Olympics with both highly skilled athletes Usain Bolt  and Michael Phelps.  The hot button questions were: “Who’s career would you rather have?” or “Who is the better athlete?”  Well, if this is the comparison, one must think Michael Phelps has won more gold medals than any other Olympian, but yet, Usain Bolt is still compared to him as the world’s fastest man and greatest sprinter.  This comparison does not seem necessary.

Aside from the obvious comparisons of last year, for any champion life has spills and disappointments.  The wise choice is to make the disappointments with self less often than the personal commitment to go towards the personal goals.  The next year can be a renewed personal commitment to follow God, Jesus, and his personal standard of my unique talents and abilities.  Next year, comparing oneself to all of those far exceeding one’s set of skills would be crushing and defeating.

As one improving on your talents, is that true of you too?  Intending to measure my own personal improvements, I need to set the correct standard to measure my success with, and then, that is the direction I can take.  



Not quitting but developing

heart-700141_960_720Have you ever experienced a relationship or complicated life situation that did not seem to have the positive momentum to flow in a peaceful and harmonious rhythm?

The effort to exist within a circumstance exceeds the effort to give up?  In human life I see this potential to happen fairly easily when one only looks at the immediate circumstance.  The problem with that is I may not see the minimum effort it takes to hang in there that could make the overall outcome greatly improving with restoration and repair.  

With faith, there is always a positive reaction- there is a choice during minor life inconveniences and distractions that can positively improve with time like in the case of a new move, school changes, reduction of finances, transition of a child/children to teenage years, or in my case, a remodel project.  One must ask him or herself the question, if I have a purely faith centered focus during this time to endure, could that be enough to change these minimal inconveniences?  If the answer is yes, then the choice should always be to endure.  This is a climbing companion for someone experiencing a difficult climb on an exciting but wearying journey.

Enduring the journey becomes the first choice one has to make between Himself or herself and God.  I choose God; I choose to try faith and effort.  God can change him, her, they, them, and me.  I can instead pray, draw close, ask forgiveness, ask to start over.  It is beyond you or me, so I choose to pray and not only seek help and support from God but also be willing if needed to ask another for advice, be patient to wait and move out but seek reconciliation, seek friendship, seek Christian love.  Christian love and friendship goes beyond a romance; it says we will work through our differences and let God work in ways that my heart needs to change.

“One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: “Power belongs to you, God.”  Proverbs 62:11  

Life is complicated; we all agree.   The effort to make inconveniences productive in relationships requires faith.  If you are still putting forth the effort like I am and expecting greater answers to prayers, keep up with that!  There is more for us to see.  




What are my real gifts?



Each person has a point in life where he or she is challenged beyond what he/she senses capable of.  Trying to find one’s natural talents in life is not what we dreamed it would be at times.   We all have them for some it’s a mathematical gift the ability to keep the numbers straight, know what he/she spent, recording what the next spending should or should not be.  In my experience of several years, it’s working with children of many ages and sociolinguistic groups.  Together the teacher sets the learning objectives for her unique group of students, and together we learn whether or not the steps we took went well to facilitate their learning.  For the lawyer, it’s researching, finding evidence, knowing the facts to develop the strongest argument.  

Taking the role of the observer, for just a few months after teaching a year ago, I notice and I even question my own talents with the absence of a “hired role.”  Each becomes an observer at his or her own life and determines to look at all that is happening around to make a judgement on how one’s life is developing or not developing. For several months, I was guided into a dramatic and lifestyle changing remodel project to avoid moving and renovate our place to a more “energy efficient and artistically craftsman constructed home.”  That design and plan looks very different to every homeowner couple.

In the course of several months, we didn’t have a kitchen to cook in nor a place to write in.  Cooking for me is my passion in the evening; my husband and I both love new recipes.  We love to eat new dishes and our three children each have an appetite that calls out for the savory, salty, and of course, sweet!  

I began to miss my hundreds of new Spanish students.  Without my middle school Spanish students, there wouldn’t be any new faces to love.  Each week we would gather to sing “el alfabeto en español” or have students teach each other numbers 0-100.  I was missing and am missing that, for me, that was my “walking on water moment.”  Even though I was missing the years at school and my tidy home where everything had its proper room and place, I began to look forward to another leap of faith, my talents, and greater direction.  I asked, “Can God find new talents and develop other talents in an individual that he or she didn’t know he or she had because the tools and the position I have to work with, is foreign and very different to me?”  I have learned that he can and he will for each of us, but this doesn’t mean that he will change us completely.  However, he will add to us if we acknowledge the purpose he fulfills in the believer’s life.

How about you; do you recognize your God given abilities, and have you seen them changing in the recent years?  If so, continue to follow with me on our faith journeys.