Small But Mighty

Can't believe I found a picture online of them!!!

I have always been competitive by nature.  I remember well the races at Beechmont Rollarena.  I had these sweet Strawberry Shortcake skates. The boot was white and the wheels red with sparkles.  You know the Strawberry Shortcake decal was awesome sauce as well. I would get to the starting line, heart pumping, waiting for the start.  There is no doubt, for my age, I had double the competitive drive than most of the girls out there. BANG! I was off, shorter than everyone out there, I won about every race I can remember.  Oh, the thrill of victory and the joy of a free concession item! Sadly, my streak came to an end when the newer roller skates with wider wheels became available. So much better than my Strawberry Shortcake skates - I just couldn’t compete.  The roller rink sold them. I remember looking at them longingly through the glass. They were so expensive! I begged my mom to buy me some - but alas it was not to be.

 

This competitive spirit would serve me well throughout my school athletic career.  Destined to be a shrimp, I made up for lack of height with will power and a willingness to work hard.  I loved playing sports all the way through high school and into college at the intramural level. It is where I made my closest friends and have some of my fondest memories.  I was never the most talented player on the floor, but I gave 110% and loved the game.  

 

It would seem in today's world this would not be enough.  More and more, we are reading of males with gender dysphoria taking over women’s sports.  Last year a male who identifies as female won the cycling world championship. When the woman who came in second place voiced reservations she was quickly denounced as a “hater” and forced to apologize.  In May, the same happened in the female powerlifting championship. In addition, this male supposedly broke 4 world records. This is not only at the elite levels, but is trickling down to high schools where female athletes are not able to compete against males with gender dysphoria.  

 

Martina Navatolova, the great female tennis legend, (who is no conservative mind you) spoke out and said she didn’t think it was fair that men could compete in female competitions.  The vitriol she received for speaking such a simple truth was unreal.

 

Enough is enough.  I don’t care how hard I skated when I was a little girl, I would probably have lost to most of the boys out there.  No amount of determination or will power can overcome how God has created us, male and female. We are not in competition with one another, we are complementary to one another.  It is simply wrong and unfair for any male with gender dysphoria to enter and then dominate a female sport. Why are all women not speaking out against this? In my mind, it seems for fear of being unfairly labeled a bigot.  Instead, the masses are laying down and our children and grandchildren will be the ones that pay.  

 

In truth, this issue in sports in just one of the thousand repercussions of gender dysphoria.  Our Heavenly Father who loves us beyond comprehension, made us who we are. He made us male and female.  This demand to be identified with the pronouns we choose and check what gender box we see fit is nothing short of insanity.  This is a world in social chaos.  

 

So what can we do about it?  First, as with all things, prayer.  Second, we must stand up for what we believe.  We cannot be afraid to talk to friends, neighbors, and coworkers.  This does not mean we speak ill or talk down about people. Rather, we share the good news of how God created each of us for a purpose, that He loves us, and “choosing” a gender other than the one God gave us will only lead us down dark and destructive paths.  

 

The devil is out there using everything he has to wreak as much chaos as possible.  The only possible calm and true happiness we can find is with God and within His loving commands for our life.  We are not only standing up for our daughters and granddaughters, we are standing up for those struggling with gender dysphoria.  They need to hear the truth with love as much as all of us. This may come at great cost. May God give us the courage, strength and the words to speak the Gospel with clarity and charity.  JMJ