Michael Phelps and Focus
I am greatly amazed by the swimming achievement of American Olympian Michael Phelps, who at age 27, has achieved everything an athlete could ever achieve in the Olympics, considered as the “greatest show on earth.”
By the time he called it quits after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps was already the most decorated Olympic athlete of all time, raking in all-time records of gold medals won in the Game (18) and Olympic gold medals in individual events (11).
What’s more, he was able to overcome his childhood challenges, having been diagnosed at age nine with an A.D.H.D. or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Here’s what Phelps said upon establishing and resetting numerous world and Olympic records during his shining moment in the swimming pool: “Records are always made to be broken no matter what they are…Anybody can do anything that they set their mind to.”
True enough, we all face trials one after the other, challenges one after the other, but Phelps’ Olympic swimming exploits offers the most important lesson of all – focus.
For Phelps, the key to success is focus.
But as I think about that, in the Bible, we can learn that focusing for the sake of being focused at a certain task is not just enough.
Instead, our focus should be on the One who could truly make us strong and sustain us through the thick and thin of life.
Romans 12:1-2 (New Living Translation) says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith…”
A Christ-focused life certainly knows no limits.
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