Ryan Avery, twenty-five, is the youngest man to win first place in the International Toastmasters Competition. Ryan, manager of marketing and communications for Special Olympics in Oregon, beat out more than 30,000 entrants from 116 countries to become the Toastmasters International World Champion in public speaking in August. I’m in Ryan’s chapter of the club in Portland.
Will I shoot to the top like Meteor Avery? Most likely not. Do I admire Ryan’s hard work, determination, and sheer raw talent? Absolutely. But I don’t have the same stamina, will power, and drive as he does. His remarkable success with winning speeches “Push Past It” and “Trust is a Must” show him living his favorite phrase: Dream BIG!
Do I want to be a champ? Yeah, but in my own way. Encouragement rampages. Holy Spirit breakthrough prayers over others. Joy encounters. I heard the Lord whisper in my ear a couple of years ago: “I want you to teach people how to love themselves.”
What’s the true art of comparison? Comparing ourselves to our personal best in God’s calling, in the manner He defines.
Here’s Ryan eating Wheaties from a carton with his photo on the front. (Chelsea, his wife, is so creative!) Way to go with the Breakfast of Champions, Ryan. Knock ’em dead.
What’s a “Breakfast of Champions” around your house? How does God define your calling today?