Photo Credit: "Thrill of the Chase By Carl Case," Chase Photography
I remember running the last miles of the marathon in the original Ultimate Runner Competition (10k, 400 meters,100 meters, a mile, and a marathon all ran on the same day), letting up just a bit to savor the final moments of the day. I knew I had won the overall title in the Ultimate Runner with about four miles to go. I had just passed a runner who ran a 2:12 marathon the year before. I was pleasantly surprised and grateful for the strength I had left in the final miles of the marathon.
Running the last four miles of that marathon was pure joy. I was running on all cylinders—physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. I was living my dream, not the script or vision of others.
A feeling of excitement and
exhilaration also came over me when I thought about my blessings that day. I felt like
I was living my own life movie by coming fully alive doing something I loved to
Why do actors, entertainers, and super athletes make the most money in our society? How come this group commands our attention and adoration more than any other group? How come we value these people above almost every other profession? What can we learn from our fascination with acting, super athletes, and the entertainment industry?
Write Your Own Script
Years ago, a wise mentor told me that most people live through others' dreams, goals, and fantasies. Said another way, many people live through actors, entertainers, and super athletes. They are afraid to step out and live their dream, so they fantasize about life through others' goals and stories. We tend to play it safe and live through others rather than going for our God-inspired dreams.
I stopped watching so many sports and movies several years ago. I still love to watch the occasional good game, see others go for their dreams, and movies where the underdog wins. However, I don't watch as many sports or films anymore. I made a conscious decision actually to start living what I saw portrayed on the screen.
I want to experience more of the battles and adventures firsthand, make more of a difference in others' lives, and use the skills that God gave me in a much more excellent way before I leave this earth.
I don't need to watch the adventures and battles of others on TV. Through my own life story, I experience the agony of defeat and the thrill of victory much more.
The point is this: Go for the dreams that God has placed in your heart. Don't just live through the experiences of others. Use the unique skills placed inside of you to live your life story well.
Live life from the heart as well as the head. Jump over those life hurdles that stand in your way with anticipation, focus, joy, and hope. And, never stop dreaming, believing, and living your unique life story until you cross the finish line.
Write a life story that makes you come alive. If you do, your story has the potential to impact others much more positively than any movie ever could.
Copyright 2022, Larry Weber
Write your Script. Pursue a script that matches your unique gifts and calling.