By Rebecca Dussault
Everyone has felt the dread of competition upon themselves be it for a spot in the school play, a game or race, a job opportunity, a chance to head a committee or even to be the victor at the end of the board game. We want the good feeling of having won and loathe the process through which we must go to get there. Trial by fire as it were has never, is never, and will never be a comfortable thing. Yet, we must submit to the challenge.
How do you prepare for these events of life? Are you confident trusting in the Lord and your experiences from the past? Do you make adequate preparations for what you’re undertaking? Do you cower and compare yourself to others until you’ve mentally belittled all of your accomplishments and reduced yourself to a place where grace cannot fully work in you? We’ve all ridden the seesaw of courage and doubt, of confidence and discouragement. We all want success, it is natural. What’s our method of getting there?
What I add when I experience these times, be they small or large, is the patient acceptance which comes from the Lord. “All things work together for good to them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.” (Rom 8:28) Some races I win and believe I’ve done most everything right and others I loose which helps me learn a lesson and be better prepared for the next one.
In the end it is peace in knowing that the Lord is King of victory and defeat. See if in your next competition you can have a peace knowing HE will supply the grace and the result, when left up to Him, will be perfect for our human growth and learning.