“It is all downhill from here.”
These words spew from the mouth of a biker at Starbucks, ,after an attempt at casual conversion quickly goes downhill.
He then held up his hand, as he made his way to the exit, and exclaims that he has won FIVE championships in his lifetime, and basically there was nothing worthy in his future, since he was 72.
All washed up.
His sad outlook on his life made me sad. Isn’t there more to riding a bike than receiving a metal at the end? What about the joy of the experience? Or the beautiful scenery?
How did the win take precedence over the ride itself?
I wanted to shout out to him, “Dude, look at you–you are amazing!”
It bothered me that he felt this way. And it made me wonder. Wonder if deep down, his worth was based on his performance, and without something to show his significance, he didn’t feel all that valuable.
And, really, after deeper reflection, I realized I am not so different.
This last year without anything significant on my plate has been difficult. For years I’ve worked toward something–whether it be the next position, or an accomplishment of some sort.
Even the next attempt at a marathon this fall is partially to receive the bumper sticker on my vehicle stating that I have accomplished a major feat by getting my feet to make it 26.2 miles.
Because, somehow I have tied up my value in:
Because, deep down, I feel of little worth.
I know, it is not an easy thing to admit, and I may make you cringe on the inside because I am hitting too close for comfort, but I am beginning to realize this as a truth.
Deep down I struggle feeling as if I am enough.
And, I need to do something, to feel I am something. Because without something, I am nothing.
Well, enough already.
I am valuable even if I never win an award, climb the corporate ladder to the top, publish a book worthy of publication, or even if I never finish another race to receive the coveted sticker for my vehicle
I am enough.
You are enough.
Because, our value is not in what we do, but in whom we belong, namely, Jesus Christ.
Changing the way we value ourselves takes time, but it will be worth it when we realize…
We are worth it.