Lord, may our motive ever be
Not to out-do our fellowman
But simply, with humility
To be the very best we can
We all are creatures formed by You
Shaped differently yet much the same
Our motive in all that we do
Should be to glorify Your name
Forgive us Lord, if foolishly
We seek to gather praise of man
But help us to strive honestly
For You, to do the best we can
© Janet Martin
It seems track-and-field brings up the opportunity to speak of rejoicing with those who excel and if we happen to be one of those, then not to boast but to give God thanks for the ability.(the same applies academically, right?) In life's contests it really is about being the very best we can and then we have nothing to be ashamed of!
I was so proud of Victoria as she graciously accepted mostly blue ribbons after 6 years of gleaning red. She has a class-mate who grew tall, lean and strong in the past year and this girl was beaming from ear to ear.
Rejoice with those who rejoice...even if there is a sting of disappointment.