My family has always been faithful lovers of the Olympics. You know how almost every family has their own special tradition? Maybe it’s a yearly summer vacation, or cooking dinner together once a week, or camping on the beach every 4th of July. Well, for my family, it’s always been watching the Olympics together.
I think the reason why I like the Olympics so much is because I’m drawn to Olympian character. So many Olympians have determination, tenacity, and endurance like I’ve never seen before. And if you watch the Olympian highlights, you’ll see that every single Olympian went through some kind of challenge in order to make it to the Olympic games. But you know what I’ve found in almost every Olympian? Their fight to not give up. Their fight to get back up on their feet. Their fight to push themselves even further than the last time. Their fight for improvement and better results. I love that. Not only are they dreamers, but they are achievers too. I can relate. I may not be an Olympian, but I share an Olympian dream. Not in the way of training for the Olympic games, but in the way that I have dreams I want to achieve. I dream to graduate from a prestigious university. I dream of becoming a lawyer. I dream of marrying the man God has picked out for me. I dream of using my education, along with my voice and faith, to be an activist for the oppressed. I dream of falling more in love with Jesus every single day. I dream of serving others until the day I die. I dream of empowering women to live freely in their unique, beautiful identities. I dream of living in a big city. And the dreams go on and on. But most of all, I dream to achieve my dreams. To be completely honest, some of these dreams seem impossible in the day-to-day. And they often scare me like nothing else. But if there is one thing I’ve learned from watching so many Olympian highlights, it’s how Olympians believe in themselves. They don’t let their doubts and fears rob them of their potential. Olympians know what they are capable of and do not settle for less than their best. And that’s what I’m setting out to do with my dreams too.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverancethe race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
– Hebrews 12:1-3
Since I already know what most of your dreams are (from your incredible responses to my MLK tribute), will you tell me what keeps you fighting for your dreams? In other words, what are your motivations for achieving your dreams?
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