Be the best you can be (and other sports cliches)

How could I turn this clip down? It uses footage from some of the best sports movies of all-time (and a few I couldn’t recommend!): Several Rocky flicks, the Mighty Ducks (had to get that one in), Miracle, Remember the Titans, Hoosiers and Glory Road (not one to watch with the kids!). Check it out:

The theme of each of those is pretty much the same: “Be the best you can be!” When you strive to be all that God made you to be, you’ll be ready to do, all the God wants you to do.

Especially in our Western Culture, we get hung up on being the best. Not just the best we can be, but better than anyone else. But God’s Word reminds us that being the best is about living out our awesome design before God; giving him our best. (Check out Monday’s blog for more thoughts on that).

I love Colossians 3:17: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (NIV 84).

I actually really like how The Message translates this verse: “Let every detail in your lives — words, actions, whatever — be done the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.”

So in the words of Emilio Esteves, “Fly Ducks, fly!” Here are three ways to start doing that today:

* Don’t waste your time trying to be better than someone else. Invest your time being who God made you to be — and be the best you possible. (1 Peter 5:10)

* Stop comparing yourself to others, and start unpacking who you are according to God and His Word! (Psalm 139:13-16)

* Stop beating yourself up for past failures, and start believing God’s forgiveness is as real as He says! (1 John 1:9)

This isn’t about a feel-good-hug-yourself-theology that embraces self-esteem over Gospel truth. But Gospel truth tells me that God didn’t make anyone quite like me. God doesn’t necessarily want me to be the best, but He will give me the greatest joy and blessing when I am the best I can be, according to how He made me. And God will forgive me when I stumble, and help me get back on track.

So go ahead and take the plunge, be your best, and you’ll find that life is always better on the water.

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