He worked numerous hours preparing for the moment, getting up in the mornings, way before his friends had and choosing to practice rather than hang out with his buddies.
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Something he would try his best and be happy with whatever the outcome. Something to gain experience.
Someday he hoped to place. His 2010 and 2011 competitions showed the times he fell, but got up and kept going.
He entered the 2013 rink, prepared. He like the music he'd chosen, the choreography his coached helped him with, and in truth he enjoyed the crowd.
The announcer said his name and the audience cheered.
He skated forward to his starting position. Listened to the opening notes of his music and pushed off. He couldn't help but smile at the smell of the ice, and the ooo sounds from the people. Their encouragement propelled him to jump higher, land difficult turns like a rock, animate the music with his arms and draw the audience in to the moment. He'd perfected the routine.
He sailed around the rink interpreting the music flawlessly, he couldn't help it. Every second brought happiness.
When the last note played and his skates came to a perfect stop he looked up and realized how well the program went. He knew he did well and enjoyed the opportunity.
Then the moment came. The scores and his placement in the contest.
drum roll please drrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
He won. First place for the US Men's Figure Skating Championship for 2013.
How can I learn from this young man? We can always learn from others whether they are older, younger, etc.
I think about my daily preparations for my calling. My desire to share the love of God with others. I read my Bible every day, meditate on His Word. I love to work with the children's programs in my church and write a ministry blog. I absolutely loved going on short term mission trips to Honduras, Mexico, and the Crow people in Montana..
And deep down I know I make mistakes, miss opportunities to share His Word, but also know exactly how this young man felt when someone I speak with asks Christ into their heart. There is no greater joy for me.
How about you? What brings you the feeling of absolute joy? Perhaps the birth of your child, your wedding day...or something else?