Any athlete that trains hard and wants to develop to her ultimate potential welcomes the opportunity to have her skills challenged at the next level. She doesn’t shy away from the next big competition or a well-known team that is sure to put her level of play to the test.
The World Cup just gave us a remarkable show of this. Teams brought together the cream of the crop players. Beautiful, new stadiums, crazy decked-out fans and the highest level play imaginable on the planet caused millions to tune in. Some teams rose to the occasion with shining moments of victory. Others experienced devastating defeats along their journey. But all took the challenge and in doing so, saw where their strengths were and where they still needed development.
It’s the same in our daily lives. Those of us who are striving to grow into our highest potential recognize that our character and inner strength can only be shown when we are given a tough challenge. How can we know if we have grown and mastered a lesson if we haven’t had the opportunity to demonstrate it?
The fierce struggles that come our way are immensely purposeful. They are opportunities to be celebrated. They allow us to experience ourselves in a new way. They show us how far we have come and how much further fine-tuning we need to do.
And, in the midst of it all, we are supported and guided and helped in every situation. God’s grace flows to us, refreshing us in the heat of the test. We are given a second wind when things go into an over-time situation when our legs start cramping and we still have to finish the game in world-class style. As we relax our minds and allow our creative inspiration to flow through us as we play the game of life, we can be amazed in those final shoot-out moments how the ball gently glides off our foot and into the net, scoring in a way that makes the crowds in heaven cheer us on louder than they ever have before.
Stand strong. Rise up. Meet the current set of challenges in your life with a smile, with an excitement, with a joy. You are being given a new field of play in which to try out your life-skills and in which to demonstrate the depth of wisdom you have already cultivated. At the end, whether you have lost or won, you will have played your heart out and you will see how far you have come and how far you have yet to grow.
This week I join with each of you on the field of life. Yes, my heart is pounding as this new challenge comes my way but I know that this new difficulty can and will bring out the best of me if I flow in the moment and allow the wisdom and grace of God to infuse me.
With all my love,
Patricia Omoqui, The Thought Dr.