Almost Worthless

Did you watch the Kentucky Derby Saturday? If you did, or didn’t, there is a great lesson to learn from the winner, Medina Spirit. You see, Medina Spirit was born to a dam that was unable to produce milk for him initially. Less than a year after he was foaled, he was sold for the minimum $1,000 (meaning he only received a single bid) at the Ocala Breeder’s Sale. He eventually ended up with Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, not with Bob, but with his assistant Mike Marlow. Medina Spirit kept surprising them by outworking the more expensive colts that Baffert’s stable attracts. He had heart.

Saturday, Medina Spirit proved that hard work, discipline, and application of God-given gifts produce a winner. It didn’t matter that Medina Spirit wasn’t as big as other horses, wasn’t the perfect color, wasn’t as expensive, and didn’t come from Kentucky. He showed up at the race not knowing how little he cost, gave his all in heart and body…and WON the Kentucky Derby.

If a horse can do it, how much better can you? Or do you let others determine your worth and heart?

Jim Swedenburg
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