My favorite part of last nights women’s beach volleyball final, was the post-game interview. Kerri Walsh Jennings led a clinic on being a strong, beautiful woman. Let me give you two of the highlights (not including her ability to speak authoritatively in a bikini!)
1. “We have an army of help…” Lest you believe that winning a gold medal was a shear act of personal willpower and strength, get real! This is the work (and therefore victory) of a small army. I don’t know what her army involves, but I know what it takes to run my life and, let’s just say, I’m not competing for any medals. I call them my “team of experts”, and I make no apologies for the group of people who have surrounded me with their support. From my dear mentor and friend, Carol, to my chiropractor, Dr. Jason. The women who give me business advice and the women who share my spiritual journey. My counselors (yes, plural) and my family. The team of people I’ve needed to raise my kids…childcare providers, family members, college students, neighbors, pastors, interns, teachers, etc. My cardiologist and my dentist. Women who know more about navigating college scholarships, or where to get a good deal on shoes. I’ve just hired a coach to walk with me as I write my first book. I don’t do anything without help! Long before I had a “fan page” on facebook, I’ve extolled the benefits of having fans. Every woman needs fans! People who believe in her. Who ‘get’ her. Who bring out the best in her. Who push her beyond what she believes she is capable of.
2. “This is such a small part of who we are…” How refreshing. This will not be their sole identity. In fact, it seems it will not even be their primary identity. In a culture where women are grabbing and clawing their way to infamy, a woman of beauty and strength says, “I am so much more that what you can see on this court.” I hope she doesn’t sign a contract for a reality tv show next week because that would really spoil this moment, but I loved that my daughter saw a wife and a mom and a teammate and a friend who was also an olympian. As soon as we are defined by our accomplishments or our public persona, we are in trouble. What a gift to be able to play on the world stage, engage in the moment, giving themselves fully to the task and then move forward, allowing other roles to flourish and grow. Her teammate, Misty May Treanor, affirmed this attitude when she added that she couldn’t wait to spend more time off the court with Kerri, pushing her to be the best wife, the best mom she could be.
Yes, she has great abs, but that isn’t what makes her beautiful or strong. So, do you need some more help? How are you defining yourself? Is there a next step God is inviting you to take as you embrace what he has for you? Praying you’ll have the courage to make a move!
Kelli is a writer, speaker and consultant equipping leaders for a deepening intimacy with Christ, greater impact in ministry and more effective intentionality in all of life.
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