When I was a freshman in high school and playing sports, there was this one kid that was purely dominant. He could do everything. Run, tackle, throw, high intelligence, all of it. I swore he wasn’t a freshman. But he was.
Then there was this other kid. Small. Slow. Couldn’t run well. Always dropped the ball. It was easy to ask the question, “why is this kid even out here trying.” But there was one thing this kid did have, he always asked questions. He asked questions to the coaches, to the freshman that wasn’t a freshmen but was. This kid was relentless in trying to learn the game.
Fast forwarding a bit. The first kid.; that was good at everything. It’s kinda funny really. He never grew. Didn’t really get faster, definitely got stronger, but never really sought out the wisdom from others around him to get better. Never really took the physical gifts he had and did anything with them.
But the younger kid. He never stopped. He kept growing. He kept getting faster. He kept “taking in the game.” This kids relentless pursuit to get better allowed him to work hard through high school. To the point he produced so well his senior year he went on to get a full ride scholarship to play football in college.
It was truly astounding to watch this kid all four years in high school. His growth rate was insane. Watching this kid taught me SO MUCH about life. Really, it helped me to understand the relentless pursuit to learn and grow was critical for success. There might be people “better than you” around you. But who cares. Learn from them. Learn all you can, and strive to be the best you can. That’s all you can ask for, and that’s all you can do.
Proverbs 1:5, 32 says it this way, “Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance… For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them.”
Be the best you can be today by taking in all that is around you, attempting to learn everything you can to strive to be the man or woman of God that God has called you to be.