Find Your Greatness

I enjoy going to church, but when I heard that Rev. Lauren Stanley was going to be a guest preacher last weekend, I was excited about going to church.

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I have been blessed to hear her preach a few times, and every time I come away feeling like I have indeed been filled with the Holy Spirit. Her message always focuses on God’s love for each of us and our mission to share that love with others.

Last weekend, she did not disappoint.

First, she shared her excitement and enjoyment of the Olympics–from the gold medalists to the underdogs who know they have no chance of placing, and may even need some help to finish out their events.

Then, she walked us through this Nike commercial. (Please watch it–it’s awesome and important to the rest of this post!)

If you can’t click through to YouTube, this sums it up:

Rev. Stanley seamlessly tied Nike’s “Find Your Greatness” message to our reading from Ephesians (chapter 4, verses 1-6):

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  . . .
But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. …
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

The Apostle Paul, she said, is telling us to find our greatness.

The Apostle Paul, she said, is calling¬†us–every ordinary one of us–to live a life worthy of the great gifts that God has given us.

The Apostle Paul, she said, is urging us–every last one of us–to be the great person who God created us to be.

The Apostle Paul, she said, advises us that this greatness must be grounded in love and used to lift up God’s people (everyone) in the service of God’s love.

She then urged us to get up off our sofas, to be like Nathan (the boy in the Nike commercial), and to live another Nike slogan:

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Find your greatness. Use your gifts to spread God’s love.

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11 Responses to Find Your Greatness

  1. Fancy Nancy says:

    I had never looked at this commercial in this light but thank you so much for posting this!! I needed it today!!

  2. Great post and I thank you for sharing it! This is an awesome commercial and I can see so clearly – now – how it ties into our daily faith. By the way, I enjoy going to church, too, and LOVE IT when I get that excitement to go!

  3. Laura says:

    Great analogy- I definitely agree about the importance of living our lives fully and using our gifts, grounded in love. Thanks for sharing!

  4. This commercial was my favorite of the whole olympics! I actually posted it on my blog last weekend because I thought it was something everyone should see so thank you for spreading the message! I think it is so important to believe that we are all worthy of greatness!!! Thank you for such a fabulous post!

  5. I wasn't going to watch the video, but you said PLEASE watch the video, so I did.

  6. merelaurens says:

    Wow! Thank you, my friend! This is a great summation. If we all find our greatness, and share it, imagine what the world would be like!

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  8. Kerri says:

    Epic.
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