It’s that time of year again. The time when sportscasters debate the intricacies and merits of the various post-season college bowl games and awards. Who is in the running for the Heisman? Who will be playing for the National Championship according to the BCS (Bowl Championship Series) computer and who should be? Who faced the toughest opponents, who won with the greatest point margins, and whose statistics are more impressive?
It’s all about comparisons … and extremely complex mathematical calculations. And those who come out on top get trophies, rings, national attention, and the chance to keep playing into the new year (and at the next level).
But what about those teams or players who end up just a bit further down the list? Are they any less worthy of recognition for their efforts?
When it comes to life, I sometimes feel like I’m being judged by equally complex calculations. How clean is my house? How polite are my kids? How physically fit am I and how out-of-date is my wardrobe? Do I volunteer at my child’s school or our church? How many verses can I quote? How have my trials compared with those others have faced? Have I overcome the setbacks as easily as someone else did?
When I take a closer look, I realize I’m the one doing the judging. And I don’t even know the true criteria!
Instead, when it comes to post-earthly-life rewards, I can rest in the word of God: “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10 NIV)
What about you? Do you struggle with comparisons? Do you find hope knowing that God is the ultimate Judge? What would be the best reward you can dream of?