Ron and I had a ball celebrating our anniversary. We puttered around Amish country and took our time at meals to discuss our 34 years together. When you choose properly and you are fortunate enough to marry the right person - life can be an absolute joy!
We did spend a lot of time talking about the opening ceremony of the Olympics. If you have the opportunity to get a copy of the ceremony - do so! If not, at least Google it and look at the pictures. It was a tribute to creativity, imagination and the ability to reach any goal if you are dedicated! I'm not a sports person but I was mesmerized. (check out www.mommydetective.blogspot.com for more thoughts on the subject.)
Too many times in our society and unfortunately in our churches we are given the call to mediocrity. We are told we must take the "excellence required" and dumb it down for those who "won't" be disciplined.
I don't believe that when Jesus appeared on this earth that his message was, "I understand that you are human and will never achieve so don't worry about it - you don't have to try."
I believe instead that his message went something like this.....
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Gen. 17:1 Be Thou Perfect.
Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
2 Cor. 13:11 Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
I could go on...but you get the idea. I know God understands that we are human and he is more than willing to forgive our struggles, but I believe Jesus was sent as an example. It was as if God was saying....
"Okay all you humans. I know that living a good life is hard for you (thanks to Satan) but I want you to know it's not impossible. You can still be all I created you to be.
I'm sending you my son for two reasons. If he can do it - so can you. You can resist the urges of Satan and you can win over all evil temptations. And for those times when it seems impossible - Jesus will give you the power you need to overcome."
The best advice for being your best is to never look down! Don't look at people who aren't making it or who have issues in their life. Don't listen to those that will tell you mediocrity is good enough.
Look up! Look at those that are achieving. Strive to be like someone that is at least one more rung up the ladder. When you've made it and your standing beside them on that ladder - look up once more and find another person to watch and keep you motivated.
Before you know it, you will climb father than you ever imagined!
God loves you,