The Sport You Will By no means Win – Girlfriends In God

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April 15, 2021
The game you will never win
Gwen Smith

Today's truth
Therefore, humble yourself under God's mighty hand so that in due time he may lift you up (1 Peter 5: 6, NIV).

Friend to friend
When I was practicing volleyball in high school, one of the games we played in the field was called Queen of the Court. The goal is simple: to win and keep the lead. Dominate. Serve more aggressively, pass more accurately, bet more strategically and hit harder than your opponents.

My life sometimes feels like a game of the queen of the court.

I make an effort, set goals, create a game plan and execute the strategy. I long to do my best (a good thing), but sometimes my goal changes from wanting to experience all the best for me to wanting to be THE best (not so good). Look at me everyone! Check out my people, my position, my possessions, my trophies of greatness …

I have to check my heart

Do I strive to do my best to get the most out of what God has given me – or because I want to impress others and be on top of the pile? These are two very different questions.

Too often I am fixated on aggressively tapping balls on the volleyball court of my ego, my family, my church, my community, my country. (Gosh!) To make it worse, I'll put on an invisible jersey and play Who-Is-The-Greatest? Aren't we that good at it? We believe:

  • I would be amazing in this position if the boss just stopped giving other people the best jobs.
  • If I use this decorating idea from Pinterest, my house will be the envy of every woman in the neighborhood.

We want to be seen as the best.

We want to be the best employee, work for the largest Fortune 500 company, and attend the largest church with the most popular pastor. We want to raise the brightest children, serve on key committees, and dangle from the arms of a good-natured man. Our brilliant aspirations and achievements become our social media status the moment they occur.

Can i get a witness?

We boast. We brag. We strive to. We show. We want. We need. When I think about these things, a silence falls over my heart. Conviction. Embarrassment.

Lord forgive us.

We all want to be great. And that's not a bad thing in and of itself. We have to be great people. Jesus shared a story, The Parable of Talents, in which He taught that it is each of us responsible to use what we are given wisely. –Matthew 25: 14-30. God expects us to use our talents, personalities, gifts, and energy in a productive manner. The problem lies in our motivation. When we strive for excellence so that others are oh so impressed, then we act out of pride.

Instead of lifting up our Lord, we stand up.

Lord forgive us.

The fire of conviction warms me … bends my knees.

Queen of the Court is a useful volleyball exercise, but not a game Christians should play. If I really want to have all of the effects God intends for me, then I have to care much more about the greatness of God than the greatness of Gwen.

The. End.

Peter reminds us of this in his letter to the believers in the early Church. "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility for one another, because" God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. " So humble yourselves under God's mighty hand so that in due time he may raise you up ”(1 Peter 5: 5b-6, NIV).

Our job: to be humble before God and towards others. Stop playing the size game.

God's job: to lift us up as he sees fit, when he sees fit … all to lift ourselves up.

Let's pray
Dear Lord, you are the great one I am. Help me focus on your size instead of my own. Purify my heart and be glorified in and through me today.

In Jesus name, amen.

Now it's your turn
Where can you find this news today? Spend time praying about it.

How can you use your social media accounts to educate people about the greatness of Jesus? Will you? Tell me in a direct message on Instagram!

And leave a comment here!

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There are endless ways for us to worry, wander, and wonder. But that's not God's best for us. Although we remain broken and affected by an imperfect world, you and I can get through anything in the power and hope of Jesus.

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