Day 17: The Bodybuilder
As I warmed up backstage for my bodybuilding competition, there were whispers about a man close to his 80s who was competing with us. I looked around and instantly saw him. He had grey hair, worn skin and a smile on his face. He was warming up with a couple of dumbbells unaware of all the people staring at him. I would have guessed this man to be in his late 50s to early 60s. The fact that he was almost 80 was awe-inspiring. I had to meet him. I walked straight up to him and introduced myself. He was gracious and listened while I congratulated him on his victory. The victory wasn’t a trophy; it was his desire to defy the limitations of age. He set his mind to bodybuilding and didn’t let anything stop him.
Later that evening when the man went on stage, everyone rushed out into the audience to watch him compete. He was in the masters division with only one other competitor. There was about a twenty-year age difference between them, but we couldn’t tell. They both looked healthy, vibrant and in shape. Each man posed well, but the older man was enthralling. It was obvious to the audience just how much he enjoyed posing on stage. His grin stretched across his face, and he loved to hear the applause from the crowd. He relished every single moment of the spotlight. It wasn’t about winning for him. It was about enjoying the process. I don’t know if it was his age or his personality, but he did not take one moment on stage for granted. Every second was special.
Life is short, and God has gifted us with an existence that allows us a certain amount of days on earth. Every single second is special and valuable. We are alive in God’s creation, and we will be with Him for eternity. But now He has given us the life on earth to grow and learn. God is so wise and imaginative that He can even use our mistakes to mold us into the image of Jesus. Not a single moment is wasted; and good or bad, we can appreciate each day on earth. And when it’s time for us to shine on stage, instead of entertaining an attitude of cowardice or shame, we can soak all of it in—the work, the applause, the satisfaction and the victory. Because we know that the ultimate victory is the Lord’s, and we can be found in Him, living out that victory on
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]” (John 16.33 APM).
I want to relish every moment You have given me on earth, God. I realize that You have blessed me in so many ways that I take for granted. Teach me to number my days. Show me the preciousness of each new morning. I want to make a big deal of each day because they are all gifts. Help me to embrace the beauty of Your creation and the wonderment of how You are moving in my life. You want us to enjoy our lives because You love when we are filled with joy and thanksgiving. Today, I thank You for all your many blessings. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Do you enjoy your life?
- Are there some blessings from God that you have taken for granted?
- How can you show God gratitude today for the life He has given you?
Treat Each Day as a Gift!