Monday, August 13, 2012
I watched Michael Phelps swim his way to his final victory. Twenty-two Olympic medals to his name. He tested his endurance, he shattered records, and he kept his goal in mind. Did you know the greatest number of medals won by any one person at the Olympics had been 12? He surpassed it by 10. No small feat.
His first races in this year’s Olympics weren’t as impressive, but he kept pushing forward, not letting his mistakes or failures slow him down. He analyzed what he did wrong then got back in the water swimming harder and faster than before.
1 Corinthians 9:24 states: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” That’s exactly what Michael Phelps did and why he’s been labeled, The Greatest Olympic Athlete of All Time.
I look at my life and wonder…am I an Olympic runner? Sometimes I believe I wouldn’t have even made it to the tryouts. Other times, I’m ahead of the pack sprinting to the finish line the goal clearly in sight.
As writers, are we doing our best, practicing, learning as much as we can so we can go to the race and win? Then, as in Phelps case, when he made it to the Olympics, faltering on his first races, do we keep going or do we give up? When we receive a rejection do we stop there, or learn from it? When we get a bad critique, do we throw it into the trash, complaining about the person who wrote it, or do we get over it and press on?
I have written six manuscripts with none of them being published yet. Do I complain? Do I get frustrated? You bet. I’ll be the first to admit my guilt. But when I finally put things into perspective, I go back and reconsider the information I was given and try to learn from it. Try to see if truly my work of art (and I use that term loosely because I know I’m still a work-in-process) is flawed.
I also have faith that God instilled a dream in me and that he wouldn’t give it to me if he didn’t want me to go for the gold and win the race. My prayers are that I am running the race God has given me in such a way as to win His prize. How about you?
What are you doing to Go for the Gold?