You’re #1! by Travis Evans
April 17, 2008, 4:32 pm
Filed under: Culture

By: Travis Evans

Men, chances are you have some of these on shelves, in closets, and in display cases. Sports award them. Schools give them out. Watch ESPN and it seems that someone is always winning something.

You did not achieve. “For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if you did not receive it? (1 Corinthians 4:7)” Yes, you were the one who hit more home runs that year or the one who won the foot race, but where did your abilities come from? Why is it that you are a fast runner and not a slow jogger? Yes, you were the one diligent to practice and train, but what made them effective?

You’re a winner! While it is ok to win, God’s will is not that His people win every award or achieve the highest successes. Knowing Christ is the treasure. Glorifying God is our aim. When you win, who receives the praise?

Not the end. Trophies and awards are not an end in and of themselves. They will rust and fade. It will all be forgotten. It’s going to perish. However, this does not mean that they are worthless and pointless. I think they serve a marvelous point and have a great worth. In my opinion, it is a thankless, ungrateful person who views them as worthless (and I would know better than anyone else). “What worth can they have?” Well, I think that their purpose is to serve as markers, pointers if you will. Reminders of the Lord’s work in our lives. We should be humbled at the site of a reward or prize. It is God who has gifted us. I think God graciously gives us pointers to remind us of the race and the goal Christians strive for. These awards should seem to say, “Press on! God is faithful and has been merciful to you!” not “Hooray! You are the greatest!”

So display them as you so wish, just know how you value them in your heart. Display them as great statements that proclaim “Look! Look, what God has done!” not “Look! Look, what I have done!”

May our be viewed as . May they point you onward and outward.

On a side note, what is the strangest award that you have received (i.e., Mustache of the Year)?


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The “sawing logs” award at my first VQ for snoring. It was a squirt gun to defend myself from my angry roommates!

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