The Sweet Spot

In high school, I was on the track team. I was a decent athlete and was competitive in most of the events one might find at a track meet. That said, the 400 meter dash was my sweet spot. If the race was shorter, the smaller sprinters could beat me. Any longer, and I just did not have the stamina to stick with the pack.

I hated that lap around the track. To win, I had to push myself the entire time and hope my longer strides would keep me in the lead (there are advantages to above-average height!). I often pushed myself hard enough to lose my lunch shortly thereafter.

Earlier today, God brought to my mind a memory: I had finished a rather competitive race and was in the middle of the football field, on my hands and knees, trying to keep from heaving. Our local reporter walked up and started asking me questions for his article (I was in NO state to be chatting…who does that?!). I remember sitting up and telling him “I have no idea what I am doing. I am just all in and whatever happens, happens.” As this very specific memory came to mind, I felt God open up my mind as He shifted my thought direction. He showed me how we all have a sweet spot, a spot we are made for and when we find that spot and go “all in” the world we live in changes. It won’t be easy, but we will gain ground. Wow…quite insightful for relocation of vomit.

Here is my problem: instead of focusing on the sweet spot, I like focus on what I would rather do. I liked to run the 200 meter dash (it was so much easier!) but when I did, I had a mediocre finish. Additionally, I only had four eligible events per meet, so if I ran a 200 I was unable to run where I was better or help on a relay team.

We get distracted from our sweet spot and our greatest potential for impact when we focus on what we want to do (or, perhaps, the event someone else is meant to have…am-i-right?!).

Let’s focus on what we are for. Let’s lose the distraction. Let’s find our sweet spot, even when it is hard. Let’s go all in.

Don’t know what your sweet spot is? Here are a few tips: 
1. Ask God. Say “God, what am I for?” and be aware of what He highlights for you in the coming days and weeks. He usually takes time and care when asked such an important question. 
2. Ask those you love. They often see the gifts you have more clearly than you do. 
3. Peel back the layers. Our identities are discolored by trauma, personal choices, personality type and so much more. To truly understand our design as we were created to be takes time and, often, help. Pastoral Care, Counseling and Spiritual Direction are all long-term approaches that can help you remove each layer.

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