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The Inspiration Station, Part 2 Devotional — The Swim Team

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

After you’ve heard “The Inspiration Station, Part 2,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player starting March 13. You can also find a station in your area.)

The Swim Team

The Swim Team

By Catherine Wilson

“Come on!” “You can make it!” “Let’s go!” The shouts of the crowd were jumbled underwater, but I knew that many of the cheers were for me. I flip turned into the final lap of the race. I thrust my arms through the water, with as much precision and strength as I knew how and took a gulp of air to last me the final stretch. I could feel my muscles burning. I put all my mental energies into keeping my arms and legs going for those last few strokes. My lungs were crying for air as I stretched my arms through the water, toward the finish, until…my hand hit the wall at last! My head broke through the surface. I took a deep breath and looked up at the scoreboard. My time had improved! And…I was the last one to finish the race. My friends came around me to congratulate me for finishing. Their encouragement was my favorite part of being on the team.

I was one of the worst swimmers that season and in the next season, my skills didn’t improve much. I worked just as hard during practice, thinking I would eventually get better, but it never seemed to happen. I also got to know some of the new swimmers who were just learning. Because my friends had encouraged me in my first year, I knew that I should do the same thing for the new swimmers. I helped them learn how to the basics, and soon I got to encourage them when they swam better than me! At the end of that second season, when I was still coming in last place, I realized something. The reason I was there wasn’t to win the races; the reason I was there was to inspire others to do their best.

Like Connie in “The Inspiration Station,” I started some days feeling discouraged about the things I didn’t do well. But, like Connie, I was blessed to have friends who encouraged me along the way. My friends taught me to think about what I can really do well, which is being a friend and encouraging others.

The apostle Paul wrote that we should “encourage one another and build each other up” (1 Thessalonians 5:11). We usually think of inspiration as something we get. But what if inspiration was something that we gave to others? We can inspire others through our encouragement.

In the next week, find one person and give them encouragement. You could do this by cheering them at sports or helping them at school. You could tell a family member that you love them and believe in them. Then us know how it went in the comments below!

Andre Stojka talks about joining the Odyssey family and shares his story. Plus, hear a preview of “The Inspiration Station, Part 2”

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Andre Stojka

Andre Stojka

Andre Stojka talks about his audition for Adventures in Odyssey and Katie Leigh talks about the process of finding a new Mr. Whittaker.

Also, hear an exclusive preview of the first scene of “The Inspiration Station, Part 2.”

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The Inspiration Station, Part 1 — Devotional: My Messed-Up Talent

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

After you’ve heard “The Inspiration Station, Part 1,” check out this devotional thought. (If you haven’t heard the episode, check out the Media Player starting March 6. You can also find a station in your area.)

By Catherine Wilson

“Catherine, you’re a great cook!” I love hearing those words. A few people have even told me that I have a God-given talent for making food. It’s a good thing that the people complimenting my baking didn’t try my first batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.

When I was in second grade, I asked my mom for a treat to take to school for my birthday. “Why don’t you make oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies?” she asked. Then she helped me measure the ingredients into the mixing bowl and I watched the cookies in the oven. The first pan came out burnt and hard, but my mom showed me how to use the timer. The second pan was almost edible.

The next time I tried cookies, my mom let me make them myself. Each batch I tried turned out better and better. There were still duds from time to time—a few burnt cookies here, one small kitchen fire there… Okay, okay, so the perfect batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies takes a while to master! But judging from the smiles when people eat my cookies these days, I’m glad I never gave up on baking.

In “The Inspiration Station,” Matthew Parker was very talented when it came to dealing with technology. Connie said that he made the garbage disposal work even better than before. Unfortunately, Matthew also made some mistakes when working on Mr. Whittaker’s computers and caused big headaches for Eugene. Matthew decided that he was going to give up working on technology for good. “I’m not a fix-it guy. I’m just a kid,” he said.

I hope that Matthew learns the same thing that I had to learn with my baking—just because God gave us a talent doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes using it. But just because we mess up doesn’t mean that we have to give up.

Tell us about a time that you were tempted to quit. Did you stick with it? What are some talents that God has given you?

Hear “Welcome to Whit’s End” an all-new mini-episode tour of Odyssey, plus a sneak peek at the first scene of “The Inspiration Station”

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Welcome to Whit's End

Welcome to Whit

Join host Chris Anthony in “Welcome to Whit’s End,” a new 11 minute tour of Odyssey. Plus, be the first to hear the opening scene of “The Inspiration Station,” the first episode in album 51.

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