When was the last time you asked yourself, “What is my next big challenge?” Yes, I mean a BIG challenge. Something that will push you. Test you. Something arduous and demanding that will shove you way out of your comfort zone.
Your next big challenge will require you to go much farther than you think you can go. Like all daunting tests, it will demand all of you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
I certainly know what my next big challenge is. It is big and daunting. Looming over me like a ten foot wave. This coming Sunday, I’m participating in the Orangeman Triathlon here in Southern California. The race is a 1.2 mile ocean swim, a 56 mile bike ride all the way up Ortega Hwy. and a half-marathon to finish it up. If you think I’m crazy entering a 70.3 mile race, you’re absolutely right. Read on…
They do have support groups for these types of pathologies. I just don’t want to go to my death bed without having done something really physically and mentally demanding. For those of you who regularly read Art, Life, & Faith, it will come as no surprise that I’ve been inspired by my good friend, Scott Rigsby, who is the first double-amputee to complete the Ironman World Championship. My thinking is, “Okay, if Scott completed the Ironman with half his body, then I can at least do half an Ironman with my whole body!”
Besides, Antartica has already been discovered.
My next big challenge has involved swimming, biking and running for the past five months. Far more training than I ever imagined. So far, I’ve almost been hit by several cars on my bike. I had a bee sting me directly between the eyes on said bike, which did produce a nice Botox swelling effect. I’ve had several people ask me if I’m afraid of getting eaten by a great white shark during my ocean swims. Trust me, California drivers are far worse. I could go on, but I want to talk about you.
You may already be in the middle of a big challenge. It could be a creative challenge with your artwork. A relationship challenge at work. A family challenge with your spouse or child. A health crisis or any kind of challenge that has brought you to your wits end. Or at least, to your knees in prayer.
If there is one thing I have learned so far in training for this triathlon, it’s this:
You can go much farther than you think you can go.
When everything inside of you is screaming to quit, give up, throw in the towel, resign, divorce, abandon, or settle for mediocrity, the very challenge you are in the middle of just may be the very thing God wants to…
• Deepen Your Character
• Develop Your Perseverance
• Increase Your Dependence on Him
• Show You His Strength is Made Perfect in Weakness
• Cultivate New Growth
• Teach You Obedience & Humility
• Rearrange Your Priorities
• Give You New Insights into His Mercy, Grace & Rest
I could go on and on. If you’re not already in the middle of a big challenge, you may want to ask yourself, “What is my next big challenge?” Better yet, ask God to show you what new challenge He wants you to take on.
There just may be an incredible finish line waiting for you up ahead.
Be sure to surround yourself with friends and family to cheer you on.
Questions: Tell me, what is your next big challenge? If you’re in the middle of a big challenge, what is it and what are you learning so far?
I’d love your comments and feedback.