Now that the Olympics are over and all the medals have been counted we as a society will crown the winners: gold medal winners in China get a $50,000 bonus; Gabby Douglas and Missy Franklin are expected to be the new big endorsement winners; and of course Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps will continue to command in the 10’s of millions for their deals.
But for me, as I am sure it is for many of you, the real hero of the 2012 Olympic Games was Oscar Pistorius. Not Michael, not Missy, not Gabby, not Usain, but Oscar. On his website, http://www.oscarpistorius.com/, Oscar has the following quote: “You are not disabled by the disabilities you have; you are able by the abilities you have.”
A disabled athlete competing in the able-bodied Olympics? Are you kidding me? And he can outrun 99.9999983% of the world’s population? But after I heard his story it all started to make sense. Of course God has given him incredible athletic abilities but it is what his mother did that really caught my attention. Oscar had double amputee surgery at the age of 11 months, and as soon as he was old enough his mom told him her mandate: that he would do everything his older brother did. That was it; no excuses; just do what your whatever brother does.
Mrs. Pistorius had a vision for her son’s life and that did not include being in a wheel chair for his entire life. She had a vision for her son and God has a vision for each of our lives – Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
We all do it – we all have excuses for why we don’t take risks, why we don’t step out, why we don’t step up. Excuses of how we were brought up, what our spouse does to us, how our boss treats us, or whatever handicap we use as a crutch. And because of this we have the incorrect view of ourselves – we are not worthy, we are not able, we are not good enough, we are not…
We can continue to have this incorrect view of ourselves or we can get the correct view (God’s view) and do what God has planned for us. Psalm 139:13-16 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
What incorrect view is holding you back? Let go of it and take on God’s view, the only view that matters – you are wonderful.
In His Service,