“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“As Good as I Think I Am”

(Please read Hebrews 12:1-2)

May 31

A few years ago a sports-talk radio host played a song from the ‘70s and sang along with it. It was obvious that he enjoyed singing, especially when he paused once to say, “Oh, I wish I was as good as I think I am!” He seemed to wish he could sing better while knowing he could not.

Many a child has short-lived visions of being a writer but soon loses that ambition. Certainly few have the desire for excellence evident in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, who at a tender age wrote this about himself: “The fact is, I most eagerly aspire after future eminence in literature; my whole soul burns most ardently for it, and every earthly thought centers in it.” As we know, he did indeed achieve “eminence in literature.”

A burning desire and concentration on the goal are basic to reaching eminence in any field. And those very attributes seem to be at the heart of what the Lord expects of people who have chosen to live as Christians: “Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. . . .” Focus is a rather popular word in self-improvement circles, but the Bible had the idea first.

Jesus was noted for being able to take the lowliest of people and make them into something fine. With his help we can be even better than we think we are, in a race where everyone can win. Let that assurance encourage you today.

 

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