Winning isn’t everything. 43/365

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This post isn’t all too relevant to people who aren’t big on competitions…or who don’t go to my church!  But I decided to post about it anyway because there are so many people who I think might benefit from this.

I used to think that competitions in church were horrible, when I wouldn’t win in topics like memory verse or bible quiz or singing or ANYTHING when I was younger, it was really discouraging.  I felt as though since I didn’t win then I would never win and it made me never want to participate in competition again.

I won’t lie and say I outgrew my childish fears, but on Saturday I honestly just refused to take the bible quiz given to us because I thought I would lose.  And I memorized the bare minimum number of memory verses because I thought I would lose.  I was wrong.

For the topics that I was good in: essay, speech & singing [well…now for singing and still that’s up for debate].  It was really encouraging, it gave me a chance to practice my talents to see what I was good at and feel confident in my abilities.  I remember public speaking for my first REAL time outside of school [besides presentations and etc. ] and I was so nervous that I was honestly HORRIBLE! I just kept thinking about the fact that if that was the first time I ever spoke in public, I probably would have never let myself go through that experience again.  But I was lucky,  I was given the opportunity to try public speaking in my church and build up my talent and then finally compete.

At the end of the day I think competition can be either pointless or extremely beneficial, it all just depends on your outlook.  If you’re the person who did bad in a topic once and then refuses to participate in it again [like me…] then your going to hate competition.  I’m not going to lie to you, your going to gain nothing and in the end waste your time by showing up.  BUT if you’re the type of person who grows from your mistakes, and tries to learn from them, who doesn’t care so much about the prize but how you can grow, then competition is amazing!

I make it a point now to ask people whenever I go on stage, what I can do to make myself better.  Sometimes it can be hard to receive critique, but without it, you leave the same way you came.  I may never memorize a million trillion verses or memorize every fact in the bible for competition  [or for myself], but I can try.  Just as Luke 18: 27 reads “Jesus replied ‘What is impossible with men is possible with God.’ “.

Today I want you change your outlook.

See you tomorrow,


Focus and dedication- 10/365

This photo is by gBobly from

Went bowling this evening and figured it could be turned into a fun opportunity to get some nice shots, I got to play when it was my turn to bowl and play when it wasn’t =P

I’ll tell you what, I’m glad he was using an orange one, it wouldn’t have been quite the same with a different colour

I was thinking about what to write about today [my latest posts have been pretty lame :/], and had a hard time thinking of anything.  SO I cheated , well kinda sorta cheated, I have this book entitled God’s Little Devotional Journal for TEENS.   AND the title for today was focus and dedication and I found it kind of ironic because that is EXACTLY what I need in my own life.

I had written about how I KNEW God would help me with SATS and I would do so much better than ever before, but then I realized I lacked all focus and dedication.  How can I expect God to work wonders in me, when I can’t even focus myself and dedicate?

I have always defined myself as an intellectual type of person, the kind who would cry when she got a B on her report card, who gave everything [well I’m not the most focused so A LOT] into my school work.  But sports? ha, that was what I would call a sick joke. I accepted early on that i was just NOT a sporty person, I failed at every sport i tried at first.  You name it, I failed at it!

Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Soccer, Volley ball, and the list goes on and on.

But something I learned at my church retreat is that part of the reason I was so bad was because in the past I never tried.  It didn’t come easy to me like other things, it didn’t seem as much fun as reading or writing [I’m a geek who hates when people don’t try reading!  ITS SO GOOD!]

I was playing a game of volley ball and FAILING…really badly, when I found out I wasn’t even positioning my hands the right way.  Sure I was still…pretty bad, but I had never tried before and because of that I didn’t even know the basics and because of THAT I was doing even worse that I would have should I have tried when I was first introduced to the sport.

A story was included in the book and the very last paragraph read:

You may feel that you lack some of the natural physical or intellectual tools to excel in your area of interest.  But if you are willing to focus on the details that lead to excellence, you could be a big hit in your chosen area!

I may not be the next Kobe Bryan [spelling? wow I’m so bad at this haha] but I CAN TRY!  Right now I’m addicted to running!  I may not be so good at it, but everyday I plan to build my endurance!

A quote included in the article touched me as well “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”

HOW TRUE IS THAT? [wow I sound angry…]

Galatians 6:7 [also included in the book, I know I should find my own verses!]

Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.

See you tommrow!