The 2018 Winter Olympics from Pyeong Chang, South Korea, are in full swing. We are witnessing amazing athletic feats, records broken, and intense competitions as athletes from around the world go for the gold and the title of being the ‘best in the world.’ It is fun to root on the various countries and to celebrate their athletes’ accomplishments with them. We are amazed at the skill these Olympic athletes have developed through their dedication. They have worked hard, sacrificing much, and surrendering their will to their coaches, mentors, and to the rigors of intense training.
It takes a great deal to be a world-class athlete. Malcolm Gladwell, a journalist, speaker, and author, in his book “Outliers: The Story of Success”…talks of a ‘10,000 hour rule.’ Gladwell reports that studies show when a person willing sets their mind to practice and perfect a craft or skill to the extent of 10,000+ hours, they will achieve a world-class expertise. Ten thousand hours is 8 hours per day, 5 days per week, 44 weeks per year, for 5 and half years. Now, speed that up a bit and someone can be an Olympic contender in 4 years! What is behind all this is the attitude of change. These athletes want to get better, they want to see progress, they want to grow, and they want to change. They realize that what got them to one level of achievement will not get them to the next level. They must change and grow and take on that Olympic attitude of change.
This Olympic attitude of change is also a wonderful attitude for life. Life requires change. We grow and change as we mature and if we want to achieve anything in life, change is a must. If we want to learn a skill, get better at our job, be a parent, have a marriage, or be a friend, it all necessitates change. However, change is not as easy as we would like, so we tend to avoid change, put off change, even ignore change. What is even more confusing about our human nature is we want to grow and improve by doing the same things the same way, but expect different results. What? Is that not the definition of insanity? Albert Einstein is claimed to have said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. Yep. That describes my work out routine. I do the same thing most every day and wonder why I don’t see change!!
It is the same way for life. If we want to improve at school or work, it will involve change. If we want to be a better friend, spouse, mom, dad, or family member, it demands change. If we want to enhance a skill, be healthier, or learn a sport, it entails change. Change is the willingness to grow. God encourage us to grow.
1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
Change is a choice. We can either choose to stay the same or we can choose to do things differently and change.
Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.
This Olympic attitude of change is a choice to learn and gain guidance.
God calls us to make changes – to grow – and learn more about Him.
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
2 Peter 1:5-7 For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love.
The words ‘make every effort’ mean to supply at your own risk. It other words, to take on the attitude and grit of change and seek to improve in being good (virtuous), knowing more about God and His way of life, and practicing self control, perseverance, godly living, being a good friend, and loving like Jesus. It all takes change.
It is insanity to think we will improve or be better without change. What small or even great changes could you make to take on this Olympic attitude of change?
One good change for life is the choice to attend church or be more consistent in attending church. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. It would be fun to connect with you.
Seeking to practice an attitude of change along with you,