How does one define their finest moment? When we hear the phrases, “This is my time. This is my moment. This is my hour” we often think of something glorious… in a worldly way; the winning shot at the buzzer, a long football pass that leads to a touchdown as the clock runs out or the perfect high note in a singing audition. In the-life-business, Orrin Woodward uses the phrase, “dream-struggle-victory.” And many people might agree that it is the ‘victory’ that defines a person’s finest moment. While it may look that way, many people’s finest moment does not occur when the lights shine upon them or when the crowd is cheering.
“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” — M. Scott Peck
Let’s take Jesus for example. Jesus’ “finest hour” was different. Unlike in the movies or what we hear in the media, Jesus’ moment was anything but glorious by worldly standards. His hour was when He was lifted up on the cross; and it was anything but magnificent in the eyes of those who were there. They actually considered it as a defeat, even his disciples did. But it was Christ’s finest moment, for through His crucifixion He paid the price of our salvation. In his disfigured bloody body, He defeated sin and Satan. And there was nothing pretty about it.
A soldier’s finest moment is not when he receives a medal of honor, but it is when he is in the battle field; where he is fighting for his life and his country. Because only in the battlefield can a soldier know how much courage and self-sacrifice he really has. No soldier gets a medal of valor sitting around the camp.
A coach’s finest moment is not when he took his team to National’s as the underdog and won the championship game. It was when we was sitting in a locker room with all his athlete’s who were crying and ready to quit because they were so discouraged and he was able to influence and motivate them to practice harder, study harder and play harder than any other team in the country.
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It may be discouraging to know that our finest moments usually occur when we are in the trenches of life. Life’s hardship can be overwhelming. Our fears, anxiety and emotions can overpower us. They can devastate us and bring us down to our knees. But adversities reveal to us who we really are. It shakes all that is superficial and leaves what is real. Strength can only be confirmed when it is tested. The strength of a tree and its roots can only be tested amidst the winds of a storm. The strength of ship can only be known if it survives the tempest of the sea. All that is weak shall fall. But if you stay strong and faithful, you will discover that it was in those darkest hours that you had your finest moments.
In the-life-business, Orrin Woodward never claims that the journey will be easy. The world is the enemy’s playground and with that comes daily struggles. One of my favorite quotes comes from my mentor George Guzzardo. He says, “Be at peace with the process and nothing can hurt you.” You will find that your finest moments came when you were at your worst, embrace them.
I would love to hear your feedback. What were some moments in your life that you can look back on as your finest moments? Please comment below.