Today’s Sunday Sessions post is merely a simple thought I’ve been dwelling on all weekend—greatness takes time. I posted the image above on Instagram on Friday when I first started pondering the idea, and then I remembered this amazing Nike commercial I saw a while back that encompasses everything I’m thinking about on the topic…
The narrator just absolutely nails it when describing what greatness really is…
“Greatness. It’s just something we made up. Somehow we come to believe that greatness is a gift reserved for a chosen few. For prodigies. For superstars. And the rest of us can only stand by watching. You can forget that. Greatness is not some rare DNA strand. It’s not some precious thing. Greatness is no more unique to us than breathing. We are all capable of it, all of us.”
I absolutely love the image of that boy jogging down the road. It’s a powerful reminder that greatness is available to everyone—not something that’s exclusive to those who are already successful in this world. Greatness is within each of us, and with the right amount of dedication and commitment, each of us is capable of achieving our own unique form of greatness. I love that.
The question, I suppose, is what kind of greatness are we after. This commercial is about fitness, and certainly I’d love to achieve some degree of personal greatness in that area of my life, if for no other reason than for caring for my body properly so that I can live a healthy life. But that’s not the kind of greatness I’m thinking about right now. Though I’m often tempted to seek greatness in the form of career success and personal recognition—I’m seeking the kind of greatness that comes only through knowing and being transformed by God. Greatness that is rooted in humility, generosity, discipline and self-control, service to others, kindness, and above all, love. These are the things I seek to be great at, and the things I aspire to be known for in this life. All of which, of course, takes time to achieve. Time in prayer. Time dedicated to changing selfish habits. Time investing in others rather than serving myself. It takes time, yes, but I’m guessing it’s totally worth it.
What sort of greatness are you after?
Image via Zachary Smith