Recently I read an article about Michael Phelps, an Olympic swimmer. Michael Phelps isn’t any ordinary swimmer. He is considered one of the greatest athletes in the world, and he’s got records, fame, and Olympic medals to prove it.
He’s a household name. He’s got twenty-some Olympic medals. He’s got a little family of his own. He is a champion. He seems to have it all. I mean, what more could a guy ask for?
But, this wasn’t enough to satisfy Phelps. He was missing something. He needed more.
It wasn’t gold medals. It wasn’t another Olympic sponsorship. There was nothing on Earth that could fill his void. Phelps was left feeling broken, depressed, and dissatisfied, to the point where he contemplated his own life. He struggled to find purpose outside of the swimming pool.
“I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.”
No amount of glitter or shine could help him.
That is, until he came to God.
He made some bad choices, but ultimately after reading “The Purpose-Driven Life” by Rick Warren, Phelps started to turn his life around.
(Rick Warren’s book) “turned me into believing there is a power greater than myself and there is a purpose for me on this planet.”
We can seemingly have it all, yet we are not happy. We want more. Something isn’t satisfied, so we look for something worldly to place our hope on, but it won’t work. We all have a gap within us that can only be filled by God.
Take supermodels. Have you ever looked at the cover of a magazine and thought, “If I looked like her, I would be happy.”? Well, it turns out that even supermodels have struggles. I’ve heard several models saying that models are incredibly insecure with themselves.
The point is that without God, no matter how perfect you may seem, you are going to feel void and without purpose. You can have 26 Olympic medals, be on the cover of a magazine, or have a prestigious job, but none of it will mean a thing. None of it will give you a purpose.
Without God, what do we really have to live for? Nothing. God gives our lives purpose. That is miraculous.
Have a blessed Monday!