As little girls, my sisters and I loved watching the Miss America pageant. We’d pick out the gowns we wanted to wear, use our homemade score cards to judge the talent competitions and cry when Bert Parks would sing, “There she is, Miss America.” (If you don’t remember Bert Parks, my apologies.) It all looked so easy. It still does.
What we didn’t see during that two-hour television show was the incredible amount of preparation and planning that took place before the competition. A young woman doesn’t wake up one day and decide she’ll just show up that evening at the convention center and make a run for the crown. No, she makes a commitment to do whatever is necessary to reach her goal. She puts together a long-term action plan and follows her plan.
What else does it take? Guts.
I mean, really. How many of us are willing to parade around in a swimsuit on national TV? Count me out. I won’t even do it at home.
In this new year, I’m taking lessons learned from those Miss America Hopefuls. I don’t desire to be called Miss America. But I do desire to be the Gaye Lindfors that God has called me to be. I am going to make choices and decisions that help me live a faith-based life in a world that demands so much. I want to experience all that He has for me while learning to be obedient.
And…I’m going to be bolder. More to come on that in our next posting.
Welcome to the conversation, friends. I’m so glad you stopped by.
Now if only I could find a tiara…
What are you committing to in 2010?