As you work out at Planet Fitness, there are a bank of televisions that you can watch while walking on a treadmill, working out on an elliptical, or riding a stationary bike. These televisions are tuned to sports channels, HGTV, news channels and other channels of general interest. But one of their channels is tuned to a video feed that lists what song is currently playing in the gym as well as frequent videos detailing the feats of some impressive athletes.
These feats are pretty remarkable. There are people making incredible jumps on their bikes. There are displays of feats of strength that are impressive. There are incredible tricks performed by skateboarders and people who are able to jump from obstacle to obstacle in impressive fashion. There are people who can stretch and contort their bodies in ways that would leave most of us in traction. The human body is a remarkable creation and these people are making the most of the bodies God has given them. Therefore, they make the videos I watch each morning.
On the videos, it shows people watching these feats of athleticism while wearing shirts that read, “People Are Awesome”. The implication is that the feats that are being performed is what makes people awesome. Our ability to do amazing things with our bodies that seem to defy reality makes us awesome individuals. Our athletic feats our awesome. Our creativity is awesome. Our ability to do amazing things makes us awesome. People are awesome because of what we can do and accomplish.
I understand the meaning behind the videos. These athletic feats are impressive, and I like the message that they send. It’s exciting to push yourself and accomplish feats and goals that many would think impossible. It’s inspiring to reach goals, perform extremely difficult athletic feats and do what others say can’t be done. Yet, this isn’t what makes “people awesome”. Our athletic and fitness accomplishments and how we use our bodies doesn’t make us awesome. Our ability to create and accomplish goals doesn’t make us awesome.
The Holy Spirit, within us, makes us awesome. The Spirit that guides us, moves us, encourages us, strengthens us and intercedes for us makes us awesome. Being a child of God makes us awesome. Knowing that God loves us so much that He calls us His children makes us awesome. Jesus dying for our sins and conquering death at the resurrection makes us awesome. We have a Savior that accomplished the greatest feat of all on our behalf. He endured the cross, went into the tomb, and came out again so that we might also defeat death. Christ’s sacrifice for us makes us awesome. Our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit work together to make us awesome every day.
Maybe you don’t’ feel awesome. You look in the mirror and see a struggling person. You know your sins, you know your weaknesses, and you don’t feel like you have accomplished much. You may even feel like a failure and wonder what anyone can see in you. God sees you and He thinks you are awesome. You are so awesome that He sent Jesus to die for you. He sent His spirit to live in you to keep you awesome. You are one of His awesome people. Don’t’ ever forget that.
Awesome people are all around us. They are children of God, followers of the Son, while being led by His spirit. They are awesome and so are you. Isn’t it great to be part of this awesome people!