Do you know why you matter?

Stars by their namesWhen I was diagnosed with MS, I was training for my first marathon. I had a friend Liz who had set me up with a solid training schedule, broken down for the next five months. She even had my nutrition list set up for me. When I questioned my ability to complete the task, I would stop by their house for a dose of affirmation from her husband, a 3-time Ironman at the time. He has probably circled the globe by now!

I was that crazy girl who wasn’t very good at any sports but I loved trying them all. I would go to our elementary school and bounce tennis balls against the wall until I had every type of stroke down. I ran in track and came in at a solid 4th place on several occasions. My strengths were in other areas but I LOVE sports. I still do. Eventually I found sports that I excelled so my energy went to more useful gain.

So how did I keep from losing my desired identity as an athlete when I suddenly found I could not lift a leg off the ground or pick up a 2-lb weight? It isn’t easy. I still struggle with it.  I had to train my mind the same way I had trained my body. I rehearse Bible verses over and over. More than that, it has to be true to me. I could say it all day long but it’s irrelevant if I don’t believe God’s Word and apply it.

Don Miller wrote a blog this week that addresses the question, ‘Do you only matter because of what you do?‘. He brings out some good points on what we base our self-identity in and the harm that leads to.

What about you? Where do you get your worth from and how do you protect it from?

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5 thoughts on “Do you know why you matter?

  1. writerwannabe763 January 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm Reply

    As a Christian I know my worth in God’s eyes… as a human I guess I would have to say I get my worth from those close to me… specifically my family….Diane


    • Overwhelmed By Joy January 30, 2015 at 4:46 pm Reply

      That is great to discern the difference between the two! How is your recovery going?


      • writerwannabe763 January 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

        It’s going well… It happened that the surgeon intended on doing one procedure but had to change once he began because it became evident that I had a large paraesophageal hernia that he needed to repair… Quite the surprise for him as the test I had before surgery made no mention of it… I’ll be on a diet of pureed food for awhile but at least the healing has begun… thanks for asking… Diane


  2. sumofmylifeblog January 31, 2015 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Good stuff here.
    I absolutely love to run. Loooove. It’s my happy place.
    Needless to say, when MS hit, my running routine was disrupted.
    It can be a battle, but we do have a choice— to choose joy! Right?!? ☺️
    I do what I can, still run when I’m able to and I give thanks everytime that I do!
    But, I’m not what I do… I’m not what I feel… I’m what I believe. My identity is found in Him. That’s what I believe. ❤️


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