One of the greatest thrills as a kid was winning a trophy or an award. In sports, we spent endless hours practicing to win a conference title or a championship. In school, reading a certain number of books would earn a certificate. The same was true for achievement in social studies, music, math and science. Many of us still have the ribbons of our youth (or at least our Mom’s do). We all have an innate desire to excel at something and its human nature to be excited when others recognize our outstanding efforts.
As we get older, trophies and awards are harder to come by and often times we turn our natural desire for recognition of our internal gifts into an external hobby of collecting. Some people collect stamps, others minerals, dolls, trains, books, antique dishes, Mickey Mouse figurines, ball caps, beer cans, cars, girlfriends, horses….to name a few.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with having something special to us in our lives, it’s important to keep our desires for collecting and ultimately for recognition in perspective. We have all heard people describe their collections by how much they enjoy the collection, what the collection means in their lives or how passionate they are about the hunt for a new possession.
What if we brought that same passion to our relationship with Christ? What if we were hungry for the next revelation of scripture or were dying to show our friends what we have discovered in Christ? How much more rewarding would our lives be if our relationship with God was our most prized possession?
The ability to develop a deep relationship with Christ is our most important God given talent and it lies within each of us. Want to win the ultimate blue ribbon of recognition? Let’s make Christ the centerpiece of our prized possessions and in turn, we will receive the most rewarding award of our lives!