Smashed trophies

I heard a story about a college student who REALLY wanted to be the school tennis champion. It was all he wanted. He focused exclusively on that goal to the detriment of his relationships, grades and everything else.

And he did it. He won the championship! And the trophy was prominently displayed in the school’s trophy cabinet.

After several years he got a package in the mail. It was the trophy he had won—but smashed and dirty! It seems they remodeled the school and threw it out. Someone recognized the name on the bottom and sent it to the former champ.

Here is what he said: “Given enough time, all your trophies will be trashed by someone else!”

I like that story because it’s a reminder about what does (and doesn’t) matter most. I think of 1 Corinthians 9:25 where Paul writes, “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.”

So many things in life will not last. But the genius of wise and faithful living is to continually ask yourself this question: Am I spending my life contributing to something that matters? 

I’m not suggesting you’ll never have to do hum-drum tasks. And I love sports, music and other fun things as much as the next guy. But what I’m suggesting is that our faith in God continually draws our time, attention and energy back to the things that matter most.

(And if you don’t feel good about your current trajectory, don’t worry, it’s never too late to start.)

Today, ask yourself this: Am I spending my life contributing to something that matters? 

By Matthew Ruttan


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