"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else..." ... Galations 6:4
So once in awhile, I'm taking peeks at the Olympics, mostly at the life story segments of the athletes since always that's what I like best. You know, those stories which show us where these people came from and what they overcame so that, when we watch them, we'll care more whether they win or lose.
But you know? During those interviews, that Bible verse, above, keeps appearing to me and I find myself wishing the Olympians would just be content to 1.) Be there in the Olympics and 2.) to do their very best, trying to beat their own previous scores/times and 3.) to behave admirably toward everyone so that, when they leave, they can take pride in themselves and come away with wonderful memories whether they won a medal or not.
It majorly bugs me when an athlete will say something like, "A silver medal would only be second-best and a bronze? Huh. Second loser. It's gold or nothing for me."
Instead, I like the Olympians who appear balanced, those who appreciate and treasure this time, yes, but--when it's over--they have something else in Life, something great to return to, besides their sport.
Anyway, much of my earlier life used to be a 24/7 competition and ugh! What a dreadful way to live, even if you're just trying to be as good as everyone rather than attempting to be better. Either way, it's tiring and usually inwardly exhausting and downright ugly, too.
But when I replaced competing with others with competing against myself, a new beautiful calm arrived--and has never left. Now I'm free to be my most creative and to use the gifts God gave me in a unique way. This has changed pretty much, well, everything--and I much, much prefer Life this way.
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Oh! A treehouse village. The interior photos are awesome.
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." ...Colossians 3:23