Who doesn’t love a personal best? If you haven’t heard, Diana Nyad is the passionate endurance swimmer, who swam from Florida to Cuba. What? This is not a first attempt, rather a fifth attempt since 2010. She has survived jellyfish, cramps, hallucinations, …. All to challenge what was thought possible. More to the point, she is now age 60+, and looking great!!
Inspiring to say the least!
I’m not sure if she is a person of faith, but immediately verses “I can do anything, through Christ Jesus who strengthens me…” or “Do not grow weary…” So often we stumble and quit, when the odds are 1000 fold more in our favor.
The American culture doesn’t often respect age… in fact, $100 billion is spent every year trying to avoid age. Having the advantage of traveling abroad, so many countries (Japan, India, Korea, China, …) value their elders. The younger generation would never think of making a primary decision in their life without consulting their grandparents, teachers, mentors…. Generational involvement is assumed.
I’ve long been of the mind that RETIREMENT is not biblical!! “Iron sharpens iron” doesn’t happen in so many situations, because those potential wise guides are off playing golf (now I have nothing against golf mind you). What if Noah, Moses, Elijah, John …. All left their calling because a mandated age of 65 was imposed. Things were simply left to new recruits? Survive the flood? 10 commandments? Would Timothy have been written off and overlooked? Would most of the bible been written?
How dare we quit on ourselves!!
One would never say we don’t enter different phases of our life. Or that we don’t combine our wisdom, experience, and passions to redirect our time. Playing 15 games of tennis in a vicious manner as once done, or do an “all nighter” without repercussions, or lesson plan without seeing the long term effects. Our perspective changes! Investment weighs differently!
It is challenging to simply maintain the body and mind. Why do so many get that midlife spread? All our past decisions, sometimes come to haunt us (especially if you have broken 39 bones, 300+ stitches, and eaten too many slices of pizza). Is it worth all the effort continuing to PUSH ourselves? Yes!!
Maybe we can’t swim 1000s of miles in shark infested waters, so what. Is that what God is calling us to do? What immediately comes to mind that remains undone? What is a best you’ve yet to complete? What seems bigger than ourselves? Can we still inspire others ?
Personal Goals (travel the world, write a novel, take the grandkids to Disney World, ….)
Community Goals (start a community garden, gateway, reading program, new business …)
Global Goals (stop human trafficking, new clean water method, new computer software …)
Just as I would voraciously CHEER any of you on to that insatiable goal, I say “GO DIANE GO!” I'm sure now that this challenge has been conquered, another will be on the way....