By now you’ve most likely seen the final of the men’s 100m at the Rio Olympics.
Usain Bolt won the race to become the first man ever to win Olympic gold 3 times in a row in the 100 m. 21 year old Canadian athlete Andre De Grasse, who has only been running competitively for four years, earned the Olympic bronze medal. Usain Bolt himself has anointed De Grasse as “the next one”, the next dominant sprinter in the world. But how his journey started might surprise you.
In 2012 Andre was heading into his final year of high school at Milliken Mills high school in Markham, Ontario looking forward to playing varsity basketball. It soon became apparent that there weren’t enough guys who wanted to play so the team was cancelled. He begged his mom to let him switch schools, but since he had switched schools once already for basketball she said no way.
So, Andre De Grasse had a choice: Wallow in “what if” (What if my school had a basketball team? What if my mom had let me transfer?) or ask “what now?” For months De Grasse wallowed in “what if” but in May of his senior year of high school, things changed. He went to a track meet to watch a friend and decided to compete himself. Wearing basketball shorts and borrowed cleats, he finished second in the York regional final. In that moment, he stopped asking “what if” and starting asking “what now”.
The rest is the beginning of Olympic history.
Today, this week, this month, you will face adversity and you will have a choice to make: ask “what if” or “what now”. What if is weak. What now is powerful. What if is giving up. What now is persevering.
So, what now?
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change.
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference.
- Pastor Mike