Last night, once I finally got home from late night basketball, I sat down and watched a little bit of the Fall-a-lympics. Did you notice? In the women’s snowboard, fall after fall. Men’s skating – fall, fall, fall. So many falls, that I eventually “fell” asleep, kicked back in my favorite chair and missed the great victory last night in men’s skating (disappointing ).
Anyway, while I was still awake, I was asking my lovely and multi-talented wife why she thought there were so many falls. We both through out several theories, including that they tired ( like us), they didn’t get enough practice, or that is was Bush’s fault. (ok just kidding on the last one). But ultimately we settled, and I think this is true, on that fact that they are having to push so hard because there is such a small separation between Gold and last. They push so hard, and when you push yourself, sometimes you make mistakes. All of these athletes are capable of pretty incredible athletic accomplishments, but on the world’s stage we see them falter. They could pull back just a little and finish their event without a fall, but would fall would be any chance at a medal. So, they go for it, they push themselves a little past what they can comfortable do, and when it works – its awesome!
So it is with our lives – physical and spiritual. We can live in our comfort zone and never make a mistake, and never reap the reward. Live it out on the edge. Push yourself in your life. Accept that you will not be perfect, but at times, things will work out in a way that you just can’t even imagine how awesome the reward will be.
This is why I love the Olympics. It so inspiring, its so motivating, its such a microcosm of life.
So, lets take some risks, lets live a little bit crazy, step out of the place of comfort and lets impact others by pushing on the edges.
And then find your safety in God.
New International Version (NIV)Psalm 4:7-8
7 You have filled my heart with greater joy
than when their grain and new wine abound.
8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,
for you alone, O LORD,
make me dwell in safety.