The Sideline

We were just watching a segment in one of the television shows entitled “Just Duet” and the contestant with their famous singer tandem, on the spot, and no practice duet was phenomenal. They were superb although not all of them won. That’s what competitions are for.

But what makes me a little bit irritated was hearing comments like “she should have a different style, she must shine in her solo part, they were not helping each other, what?? she was off and so on and so forth.” The truth is, we’ve never won a competition to say our piece. We’ve never practiced like these contestants does. There was no effort ever on our part except that it’s just too hot and entertainment helps. That’s the only part I watched since the Lord delivered me from entertainment addiction.

In life, if we are not careful, we will become too critical of someone else sweat, perseverance, and success only to find out that we have no root of character to have an accomplishment of our own. We become too aggressive of pointing the weaknesses of these achievers only to realize that we have no achievement too to match.

I guess, what we really need is to get inspiration from the insiders guts and keep it within ourselves. To let their discipline rubbed off on us. To let their demeanor of grace when they did not win our example.

And I guess, the reason why we have not accomplished much is because we are stuck giving our opinions on successful people from a distance that we failed to cultivate successful traits we personally need for our personal lives.

I learned from these gutsy young people and I am making changes for myself too. It does not have to be a topnotch glory that everyone will see overnight but by being consistent, it is a key to change as Terri Savelle Foy says. Gloria Copeland also mentioned that there is power in consistency. In short, I just don’t want to be a sideline forever watching everyone tasting their God given success. I desire to be inside the ring, tasting victory.

And I know from experience that it’s more than talk but a daily routine that bring me there.

“The success of our future is hidden in our daily routine.” – John Maxwell

And, we can’t be successful alone. Doing life alone is going to be tiring and boring and lifeless and nonsense. We need Jesus. We need the Holy Spirit.

I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me (cut off from vital union with Me) you can do nothing (John 15:5) – JESUS CHRIST


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