Experts don't always get it right

Date Added: August 25, 2008 12:37:32 PM
Author: Tony
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This year the extraordinary Jamaican, Usain Bolt Bolt sprinted into history. He is the fastest man in the world. He smashed the world record in the 100 and 200-meter events and helped the Jamaican 100 meter relay team set another world record at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Experts aren’t always right

Correspondents around the world have exhausted all possible superlatives to describe this extraordinary "freak of nature". His gangly tall body according to experts should exclude him from performing at the top level of sprinting and this is my point.

How many times do you limit your potential because you believed the so-called experts?. Teachers who said you won't amount to anything, friends who told you your dream of wealth and success was unrealistic, the boss who said your not promotional material and the parent who told you to accept your station in life and expect nothing more.

Usain Bolt refused to believe the experts and the science, instead he learned to think out of the parameters and trained with a high level of self-belief. You may have believed in your self at one point and lost it.

Paul The Apostle commented, "Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obeythe truth?" Galatians 5:7. When all is said and done you and I are responsible for our own decisions and actions.

Usain Bolt like all great champions step up to the line with an unbridled expectation of victory. Usain Bolt, earliest coach Dwight Barnet gave an insight into Usain Bolts Bolt's phenomenal success when he said on BBC Radio World Service that Bolt possesses a "high level of self-confidence".

The Need For Self-Confidence

This reminds me of King David's three mighty warriors. These men were known in their day as champions in Battle. Warriors par excellence. David’s mightiest all had a high level of self-confidence.Sometimes our situations become our “expert” but David’s mightiest didn’t fall into this trap. You have the fearsome warrior Josheb-Basshebeth who raised his spear against 800 men whom he killed in one encounter. Then you have Eleazar the epitome of courage and strength against overwhelming odds. He stood his ground and killed the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to his sword. This is a man who saw his seasoned soldiers assess the situation as a lost cause running like crazy away from the fight but Eleazar believed victory was possible.Shammah similarly turned a likely slaughter by the enemy into a victory for Israel. Surrounded by Philistines and deserted by his soldiers Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field and on his own defended it from the Philistines.

The Need to Depend on God

The Bible makes it very, very clear that the "Lord brought about a great victory". (2 Sam 23: 12) using men who dared to believe. God was only able to use them because they dared to put their trust in God. Self-confidence for the Christian is rooted in confidence in God and His Word.God will bring amount a great victory for you when you stand your ground in the face of evil, sin, fear and opposition to your dream. Maintain a high level of God dependency, humility and consciousness. Always live in His presence and execute your decisions in His power. Remember, “You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” (Phil 4:13)

The Need For Self-Discipline

David’s three mighty men and Usain Bolt have this one thing in common a high degree of self-discipline. I like how the Message Bible puts it: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (The Message)You've all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You're after one that's gold eternally. I don't know about you, but I'm running hard for the finish line. I'm giving it everything I've got. No sloppy living for me! I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.Resolve in your heart to be self-disciplined in all areas of your life. Believe in yourself and more importantly have faith in God.

Run to win, train hard, and get all the information you need.Life is full of experts but there is only one expert in life and death Jesus Christ. He enters the racetrack of life and starts where we all start at the beginning. He invites us all to come to him the fountain of life and run his race where we find rest, joy and peace. Our victory is never in doubt for the scriptures say “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:35-37).

So whatever project your working on, challenge your facing keep focused on the finished line and maintain your mind, spirit and body in top condition, give everything you have for the Glory of God and let the “experts” wonder in amazement when you cross the line in record time!

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