Monday, August 6, 2012

Bits of Splendor Monday

 "Somehow we've come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few... You can forget that... Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing. We're all capable of it. All of us."

Have you seen this commercial? You probably have if you've been watching the Olympics. I loved the message of it. Loved this boy in it. I wanted to reach through the screen and give him a big hug and tell him to keep going. Then Brandon had to ruin it and tell me it was just a commercial and the kid was getting paid. Whatever. I still love the message behind it because it's true. We are all capable of greatness.

 You watch these amazing athletes and think "wow, they are amazing" as if what they are doing is completely unattainable. But the crazy reality is that the one thing that separates them from us, is determination. The desire to keep going even when things are really really hard. Striving for excellence and not settling for just "good enough." We're all capable of finding that desire in us. To keep going, keep pushing, keep trying. Even when it gets hard.  

Side note: I think I heard something like some of these olympic athletes haven't had dessert in 2 years. 

I'm not sure I'm willing to give up my rice krispy treats, but I know there are other things I am determined to see through to the finish. To keep striving and fighting for. 
What about you?

My sisters and I have always played with the idea of getting a tattoo together one day.  Me being the super analytical one, and the one who likes for everything to mean something, I couldn't ever just settle on something. Sure some ideas are cute, but I want it to pertain to me. To be significant.
Tonight as I ran home, minutes from my house, totally exhausted, I decided I knew what it would be... 
{at least for tonight, cause have I told you how indecisive I am??}

The word "finish" On the outer side of my foot.
I want to finish well. I want to run this race of life and know I strived for greatness. 
I want to know I tried and didn't give up. That I finished.

Now, let me say this tattoo talk is totally hypothetical. I can't bring myself to commit to my style of decor, let alone something on my body in permanent ink forever & ever amen. But I totally love to see other people's and hear the story behind them. Do you have one? My sister has the word CHOSEN on the under side of her wrist and I love it.
.......Wait now how did this end up being a post about tattoos. 
Point is. We are all made for greatness. Don't settle. Don't stop. Keep striving for whatever it is you are reaching for. 
Cause you were made for greatness.

"Let us run with perseverance, the race marked out for us"
Hebrews 12:1
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  1. Everyweek Monday I say to myself this week, I'm gonna wake up at 5am and have me time and workout. It's never happened till this morn! As I layed on the floor almost dying after doing insanity and checking FB I saw ur post and gave me the pat on the back I needed! Love ur honesty in all that u write.

  2. I wanted to stop by and let you know how much I enjoyed your movie the other day!!! I feel like I know you in a whole different way now! She did a great job ;) And I found Stasia from our life on a budget through this link today and how grateful I am. she is a financial girl...I am not. Praise God for working here today ;)

  3. My husband and I saw this commercial last night and I had the same reaction as you! I thought that is was so encouraging for anyone to know they can achieve greatness. I've been truly inspired by all of the athletes, and it has reminded me to have more self control and determination. I feel like we're twins on the whole tattoo situation! My style and home decor scares me, and I fail to commit. So the thought of a tattoo is great, but I don't think I'll ever be able to decide on something to live with the rest of my life.

  4. You have no idea how I needed this post! Thank you for sharing your heart. I ADORE that commercial...moves me each time. Ha, I actually just got a tattoo about 3 weeks ago after going back and forth for years. I have a cross with Isaiah 40 (just those words, not the entire chapter) underneath. LOVE it! Have a beautiful day :)

  5. Oh man, re: the tattoos, I'm the same way! So analytical and tattoo choice would be terrible. The closest I've been was after a church planting conference when I thought about putting something about the verdict on my wrist...because the verdict is in.

    Thankfully, I didn't. Finish would be great though!

    Thanks for letting me ramble. Also hey, I'm Kristi.
    While I'm here, I have a couple of questions about Project Hope. Will try to put them in an email soon=)


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