Are You Using Your Talents To Inspire Others?

Hey all you Fit People! My name is Melanie Medlock I am 31 years old (I tell my daughter I’m 25 Forever when she asks) Pamela Sampson asked if I would write you something about Faith/Fitness & Food, not that I am any kind of expert nor do I claim to be at all. I just have a passion for these things. I believe God gives each of us certain talents and tools to shine His Light to reach the World around us. Mine I feel is in the area of Motivating & Encouraging through Fitness & Health.  So, I won’t give you my story/tips/views just quite yet. I want to share a “God designed Meeting that happened so you can understand a little more about this Blog!

Ok, back in November 2011 I competed in my 3rd Figure Competition  of the year put on by Fitstop24 (The gym I train out of and teach classes). The week before the competition I became very ill, and was going to pull myself out of the competition. I was able to somewhat get myself back on track and decided to just continue on finishing out the year! That night after all the final preps for the show, I was laying in the Hotel room with My Fit buddy Debbie Hilliker, and we were discussing all the foods that sounded so amazing, we literally went through appetizers and worked our way to dessert!

Around 12am I received a call from my hubby who was currently at work with Seattle PD. He called and said he was injured and was getting sent home (a few months prior he was released from work due to a head concussion possible brain injury), so I dropped to my knees in prayer, “asking God what I should do.” I sat there almost in a fog not knowing what to do. Yes my first instinct was to pack my bags and rush home, but my hubby called and said he was able to drive home and would call me when he got there, but said for me to stay and not come home. He wanted me to finish out my hard work! Well HELLO As woman and our “Control Freak Ways” I was like NO WAY.. I am coming home. He convinced me to stay and promised me he was fine and would see me in the morning at pre-judging.

 All night I tossed and turned and was praying and asking God to show me some sort of sign if He wanted this to be my last competition. (which honestly in my mind I was done) The morning came very fast and I felt like I had never rested. Not a good feeling!

 The time came and I was up getting ready and heading to the performing arts center. I Get there, saw my hubby and then was mentally preparing my mind/body. After an hour or so it was My classes turn to get up and show those judges all the hard work we had been busting our butts for, they line us up and walk us up the stairs. I am trying to not let my nerves get the best of me at this time. What do I do? Yep..chit chat with my fellow competitors.  Not sure if you have done a show or not, but lets just say it can be very CADDY but if you know me I don’t care. We head out on stage and the battle begins!….. Here I am called out and standing middle ground(to figure competitors being in the middle of stage is a GOOD thing) we were put back to our stances and then were called out again and Pam and I became center I remember feeling like I had no room and I think kinda pushed her a little(I’m not that kind of person so in my mind I felt bad) but it was so squishy you had to… all I remember was First thanking God in my mind that I was up on stage still not feeling the best, and repeating Phil 4:13 – I can do all things thru Christ who gives me strength) over and over in my head. It felt like we were up on stage Forever!

 We headed off stage and stood off to the side. Pam came up to me and our conversation went like this:

Pam: Ok you look very familiar now “Are you in the Military?”

Me- No  

Pam: Were you?

Me: NO. 

Hmm she says- Well ok did you ever live in North Dakota?

Me: freaking out a bit in my mind and got really big goose bumps. Ok this is very weird I never lied to you about not being in the Military but my husband was in the Airforce and We were stationed in North Dakota.

Pam: Ok I knew it, you were always in the gym at 5 in the morning right?

Me: Yes still freaked out a bit!

Pam: Yes I remember seeing you in the gym and thinking I want to have that physique.

Me: REALLY??? How come you never came and talked to me?

Pam: I don’t know –Did you also work in a clothing store in the mall?

Me- Yes

Pam: I remember coming in the store and you were the nicest girl ever!

Me: thank you and right now feeling like a divine connection with God. What got you into wanting to compete in Figure?

Pam: well kinda just loved it always and watching you!

WOW is what I was thinking! This was not a huge competition that people really travel from other states to compete at so,  if that’s not GOD I Don’t know what to tell you. I honestly couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I walked away from that moment thinking  God had brought this connection! A girl who God had brought into my life almost 10 years ago! This is why its so important the way you live your life because people are watching you even when you have no idea they are.


God knows what he was doing… I was thinking of quitting and not competing anymore, but God brought Pam into my life, or should I say (Back into my life) just at the moment that the enemy was trying to get me to cave in and QUIT, instead Pam was their to encourage me, Which she probably had no idea that she was, But because we both were in the Path that God wanted us to be in At that time ‘His time” we have been in contact ever since, and now she has asked ME to guest blog for her page! Can you imagine if I would have kept to myself, been quite and not shined my light, gave up or just quit? The connection that God had would not have happened!

We all have talents and abilities that God has bestowed upon us. Are you using those talents to Inspire/Encourage and motivate others?

I thank God for bringing Pam into my life and creating a friendship and passion to reach out to others in our sport of Figure!

Talk to ya’ll Next Month,

Melanie Medlock or find me on facebook !!!

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