Psalm 23 begins, “The Lord is my Shepard, I have all that I need.” I look back on my competitive figure skating career and wonder if it could have been more joyful if exposed to scripture verses like this one. Instead of focusing on performance to get approval such as from judges, coaches and parents, isn’t there possibly a more fulfilling way to live?
I have a plaque in my office with Colossians 3:23 on it in order to remind me, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Ephesians 6:7 says, “Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Amen and Amen! Winston Churchill wisely stated, “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” In her amazing book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck says it’s important for us to see failure as a learning experience and opportunity for self-improvement. She continues to explain the difference between fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. “Fixed mindsets avoid challenges in fear of appearing stupid whereas growth mindsets are more open to try new things, enjoy challenges and seek opportunities to learn.”
Where are you on this spectrum? Are you okay with only having the approval of God and not others when faced with a challenge? Do you embrace adverse moment as opportunities to learn and grow in order to honor God instead of coaches, bosses, friends, spouses? Let’s not get caught up on serving “human masters” which leads to frustration if you are hoping for recognition and acknowledgement. Instead let’s work wholeheartedly for God who be the one who is there to always see one’s best efforts on their journey towards success. HOOYAH!
-Jennifer Matras, CSCS, President