Before I left, he said, “Remember not to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders. Do not place your self-worth in swimming.” He explained that a race did not define who I was. Regardless of how I performed in the swim meet, I would have other successes in my life. I would have family and friends who loved and cared for me. And I would be beautiful, cherished, and loved in God’s eyes.
If you try to save your life, you will lose it. But if you give it up for me, you will surely find it.
Matthew 10:39 (CEV)
Hannah swimming breaststroke
This much-needed reminder freed me from the pressure I had put on myself. Competing had become stressful as I struggled to improve my times. I continually compared myself to others, and someone was always stronger and faster. But my coach’s advice was liberating and empowering, helping me to realize that my self-worth was not based on worldly standards but in Christ, in whose love I am made perfect and whole.
WE ARE ENOUGH: God knew us before the world was framed (Ephesians 1:4) and knit us together before we were born (Psalm 139:13), creating us in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). God says that we are enough because our worth is found in Christ. To find ourselves, we must lose ourselves in Christ.
Mandy Fender [New Braunfels, TX]