In Others’ Words: Go Ahead, Astound Yourself!

Right before school started for my daughter CJ, we spent the weekend in Breckenridge. It just so happened our time there coincided with the inaugural Colorado Classic bike race. My husband, daughter, and I stood with hundreds of other spectators lining the streets and watched cyclists speed downhill through the town.

I was astounded by the display of professional cycling. The speed. The intensity.

Don’t you love watching people do what their good at? Olympic athletes, maybe? Or NFL football players? (Pick your team!) Or attending a Broadway show and enjoying skilled performers? I find myself leaning forward in my seat, trying not to miss a dance step or a note sung.

What about the things you’re good at? Stop for a moment and think about what it’s like to get in the zone and use your talents, your gifts … utilizing the training that you’ve accumulated through the years. What about those times when you push yourself past what you thought you could do? When you surprise yourself by doing more … being more … and succeeding.

Astounding, yes?

Maybe, just maybe, we need to aim for the astounding moments more often. Remind ourselves that we are capable of doing more than we think. Set the bar just a bit higher — and then have fun (yes, fun!) aiming for that more challenging mark.

In Your Words: Who has astounded you lately? If you chose to aim a little higher, what would you do?


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  1. September 21, 2017, 12:10 am   /  Reply

    I’ve come to realize, objectively, that no mere mortal could endure the pain and fatigue that is my daily lot…and keep spitting flame back into the devil’s face.

    I love to use a line from one of the “Avengers” films, spoken by Thor…”This is beyond the ability of a mere mortal, but fortunately, I AM MIGHTY.”

    Barb rolls her eyes…well, less, now, because as things have gone from terrible to far worse than that, that I am destined not for some golden-streeted Heaven, but for Valhalla.

    There’s no need for ego here. I have seen pain and death, and I have a basis for comparison.

    I am mighty.

    • September 21, 2017, 8:42 am   /  Reply

      Andrew: Your courage to face what you call your “daily lot” astounds me. Over and over again.
      Praying for you, friend.

  2. September 21, 2017, 2:00 pm   /  Reply

    In the last years I’ve been finding it is pososible to do such more than I ever dreamed, and I’ve seen things fall into place and turn out with morew meaningful connections, accomplishments, and blessings that I am amazed. Just as He multiplies broken bread committed to Him, He has fun multiplying our efforts to accomplish His tasks–and bless us immensely in the process. So grateful & awed.

    • September 21, 2017, 2:37 pm   /  Reply

      Yes! God does multiply our efforts in such beautiful ways … and it inspires such humble gratitude in me, too. <3

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