Day 38: Four Swords
My personal trainer worked very hard training me for nine months. Much of her thoughts, energy and time were concentrated on me and my bodybuilding competition. She helped me train my body, create a diet plan and learn my bodybuilding poses, and she also encouraged and motivated me. She felt the pressure for me to do well. There is much to bodybuilding competitions that can’t be predicted, but each competitor can be as prepared as possible. My trainer was determined to make sure that I was ready. By the time I made it to my competition, I felt good about where I was physically and mentally. I had put all of my effort on the line, and my trainer was right there with me to guide and support me.
One of the best moments of the competition was watching my trainer carry my four trophies, which happened to be swords. The size of the swords were determined by the win. I had one small sword, which was for third place in the figure division. I had two medium swords, which were for second place in the novice physique division and the overall master’s physique division. And I had one long sword, which was for first place in master’s physique division for tall competitors. Seeing my trainer after nine months of hard work hold those swords in her arms was a priceless moment. I knew in my heart that those trophies were both of our wins. Yes, they hang on my wall, but I share them with her.
Most wins in our lives are not won alone. There are almost always people around us who encourage us and pour into us. These people are victory helpers and shapers. They may not get the trophy, but I believe that they receive eternal awards for their hard work. All of us will be on both sides of the victory: sometimes we will be the one winning the trophy and other times we will be the one carrying the trophy for others. We all have the ability to be victory helpers and shapers if we listen and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit. God wants His children to bless each other because He knows that we will find our true purpose when we serve those around us.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10.45 NIV).
God, I want to be used by You to serve a greater purpose on earth. I know that You love Your people, and You want to see them blessed and victorious. Help me to be a part of those blessings and victories—not just my own but of those who are in my reach. I want to be a victory helper and shaper. I would be honored to be used. It doesn’t matter if the trophy has my name on it or not. I simply want to be a part of something bigger than myself. I know that You have given me gifts and abilities that can fill a need and serve a purpose. Show me where I am needed today. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- How has God used you to be a victory helper and shaper?
- Have you ever achieved a victory that was not your own?
- Can you thank the people who have helped you?
Be a victory helper and shaper!