My senior year of playing soccer in college was the year I was aiming to be called the “Most Valuable Player.” I worked hard that year for that goal. I know it may seem strange, but I have heard that if we aim at nothing we will hit it every time. I wanted to be voted as the most valuable player on our team my last year. It all started off good; I was voted as one of the co-captains of the team. I led the warm-up drills, and even when practice was cancelled because of bad weather, helped to organize practices without our coach. I was scoring a good amount of goals, and as the end of the year approached, I was thinking that I was going to achieve that goal. On the night of the awards banquet, I was fully expecting to hear my name called … and then the moment came, and one of my best friends won!
I remember the disappointment I felt internally. I could not feel too badly, I had voted for my friend with many others, and he was very deserving of the award. There have been other times that I have been given recognition that I had no idea was coming my way. How sweet those times are when you are unsuspecting! The Bible has a truth that is repeated in both the Old and New Testaments. “For better it is that it be said unto thee, ‘Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen’” (Proverbs 25:7).
As always, the Bible is absolutely correct! It is far better to be unsuspecting of a promotion while living in genuine humility, than to be expecting something like that and it never comes. In the New Testament, Jesus emphasized this same point when He said it is better to be invited to sit in the better seats, than to assume you are sitting there and to be asked to move. Today I want to encourage you to consider yourself with humility rather than pride. We each battle with pride on a daily basis. We all think more highly of ourselves than we really ought to. Humility does not come easy to any of us, but it is a key component to being greatly used of God.
I have noticed in my own spiritual life that the people who have most impacted me have been the most humble people. Those who have been presented with the most pomp and circumstance (I don’t even know what that means), have been the least impactful on my life. I want to be humble so God can use me. May I encourage each one reading this to make it a goal today to remain humble so that God can exalt you in His due time! God has a way of moving you upward or downward at just the right time.
“If successful – don’t crow! If defeated – don’t croak!” – Samuel Chadwick