Day 10: Backstage
Being backstage with so many amazing bodybuilders can be intimidating. I remember looking at everyone thinking that they all looked like first place winners to me. I even found myself comparing myself to a few of the competitors in my division. One woman had bigger biceps and another woman had a leaner overall shape. Comparing myself to others almost killed the joy I had in my own accomplishment to even be able to compete! No matter how hard and how long I worked, there will always be someone that I think is bigger and better than me. We are all designed with a different shape and physique, and we each have our strengths and weaknesses.
I could spend my time backstage being consumed with comparisons or I could appreciate my strengths and enjoy the process of competing. No matter who won the competition, we all worked hard to get there. Winning a trophy is nice, but it should never be the overall goal for bodybuilding. Our goal is to grow, learn and appreciate the sport. As I looked around at all the competitors, I saw people who had struggled to achieve their goals, and I was honored to be in their company. We each had our reasons for competing, and we all overcame different obstacles to get there. The trophy would go to someone, but win or lose; we each worked hard and performed our best.
Although the trophies of this life are fleeting, there is a heavenly trophy that is everlasting. Jesus will reward each of us according to the work we accomplished for Him on earth. We don’t have to compare our work to anyone else because we were each created and called to do something specific and unique. We are each on our own path of victory. God has a reward with our name on it, and He has given us the ability and strength to achieve our goals as we learn to rely on Him. And one day when we meet Jesus face to face, He will see our hard work manifested in us as we step onto center stage in heaven. We will each receive a victor’s crown from our Heavenly Father for our work done in obedience to His will on earth.
“For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done” (Matthew 16.27 NIV).
God, help me to not compare my life and my design to anyone else. I realize that You have created me for a purpose, and I want to serve the need for which I was created. We all have our own reward waiting for us in heaven. Help me not getting discouraged by watching others succeed; rather, let their hard work motivate me to stretch further, learn more and accomplish greater things for Your glory. I know that one day I will appear before You in heaven, and I want to show You the victory I had in Your name on earth. Thank You for giving me the chance to do something great in Your Kingdom. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- What purpose do you think God is giving you?
- How has God designed you specifically to achieve your purpose?
- Have you ever been discouraged because of comparisons?
Don’t compare and keep your joy!