Determined to Be Great

by Tonya Woodridge-Jarvis

Picuture“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 I recently watched a documentary about a guy who had wanted to play baseball since childhood, but his sight had been diminishing, and by the time he was 17-years-old he was declared legally blind. However, his determination and resiliency would set him up to make history.

Shortly after becoming legally blind, he realized that he was still living, and that he could still play baseball. The National Beep Baseball Association (NBBA) was organized for visually impaired adults to play baseball. Beep baseball is played on a grass field with six fielders and one or two “spotters” from one team, and the pitcher, catcher, and batter from the other team. They blindfold the fielders and the catchers so that everyone can be on the same level. I would go on to learn that his (NBBA) team won the championship this year.

What is your determination today? Will you allow the setbacks in life keep you from being great?

Accomplishing greatness is not about being a celebrity or a media mogul.  Donna Douglas, aka Elly Mae Clampett from the popular TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, went on to live a low-key life in Pride, Louisiana. She was very popular in her day but decided not to take the often-traveled route to Hollywood. She said that she could have been more famous if she had taken her clothes off, but her spirituality came first.

 You hear of folks all the time wanting to be celebrities, but you never know the path they (celebrities) might have to walk to get there. Michael Jackson was one of the greatest singers of all time; he had everything, including a zoo, at his fingertips but couldn’t sleep at night. Greatness can come to anyone who desires it. However, it is the way you go about achieving greatness that will determine how great you will truly become.

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