It is only 8 weeks until we are plopped, flat into competition season in gymnastics. Why is it when you don’t want something to come, it quickly arrives, but when you are long anticipating the arrival of an event, like Christmas, it feels like time is just scraping by? Nevertheless, we are quickly marking off the days of our preparation period for our competition season.
As I watch and coach my gymnasts, I am witnessing them all make great gains. More than I actually imagined they would, which is very encouraging. I have such a great assortment of athletes, but each of their personalities get them to their goals in a different way.
I have those that are very determined and focused 100% of the time. Very driven and over achieving children that only want one thing and that is to be the best they can be. I also have those that put so much pressure on themselves that they tend to crack under the pressure of this quickly approaching season of their lives. Over achievers as well, but in a different way, and they need much TLC. I also have those that are there for a good time, but still want to keep up with the rest of the gymnasts and they kick in their abilities at the last minute when they know that they are starting to slip behind.
We all have the opportunity to become all that we want to be, gymnast or not, but I love watching my gymnasts work hard to grab all that they want to be. As I was studying Joshua this morning, I could help but think of my gymnasts as I read Joshua 18:3, “So Joshua said to the people of Israel, “How long will you put off going in to take possession of the land?””
Some of my gymnasts are comfortable where they are now, and trying to concur the new and scary skills make them uneasy. They are just like the people of Israel, comfortable in their land that they were used to and not going after what God had so generously given them. Comfort is a nice feeling, but the gymnasts that get ahead in this sport are those that step outside of their comfort zone and take the risk of trying that new and terrifying skill that they need to reach their next level.
It’s not just my gymnasts who like comfort. We all love comfy cozy situations that make us feel safe. Sometimes, we have to take the risk that is lurking in the back of our minds or listen to that still small voice that is telling you to make a change. Take that risk that will move you to the next level, just like my gymnasts. You have to step outside your comfort zone and take possession over the land, or gifts, that God is so lovingly holding for us. He is ready to give us many blessings, just like the people of Israel, but we have to be ready to take a step of faith, and go for that goal we’ve been wishing we could attain.
Just like the goals my gymnasts set for themselves, only the brave and faithful will reach their full potential, we too have to be brave and faithful to our Heavenly Father. If he put a dream in your heart, reach out and grab it. Take a leap of faith! Who knows? You might just reach the next level of your destiny!