Our granddaughters are growing quickly, as grandchildren seem to do. They are two wonderful people of whom I am very proud. Not too long ago they amazed me once again when I picked them up from school. What a blessing to live so close.
Upon arriving at their house the first order of business was saying hello to all pets. Homework and snacks followed. A 250 piece puzzle was next on the list.
After awhile the girls decided to finish the puzzle later, so we switched to a drawing game instead. Our 8 year old volunteered to be judge. Her job was to decide what her 11 year old sister and I would draw. Then she would determine which picture was the best, and award a paper ticket to its’ creator . Whoever had the most tickets at the end of the game would be declared victor. Everyone was satisfied with the rules, so our competition began.
About 5 drawings into the game I happened to win two tickets in a row. I suggested to our fair and confident leader that it would be okay if there were ties. Her sister, recognizing what was happening and said, “Don’t feel bad Granna. I know how to lose!”
Taken aback by her comment I asked how she had learned such an important lesson. With laughter in her voice she explained that when she first started playing soccer, her team NEVER won. Encouraged by their parents and coaches, they continued to play and have fun anyway. They gained experience and their skill level improved. By the end of the third season, her team was winning most of their games.
The girl’s parents arrived home a short time after her explanation. We had four more drawings completed by then. I smiled when we counted our tickets. I was not the one with largest stack.
On my drive home I marveled at the excellent way our young “art expert” had handled her position of authority. She remained objective, and we agreed with her decision every time. I also reflected on the fact that in life we win and we lose. That in our families, our work, and our friendships, there will be opportunities to lead. As a follower of Jesus I realized just how important it is, to learn to be good at all three. So I pray the following prayer:
“Lord, when we are winning help us to be humble, for pride comes before a fall. May we truly rejoice with others, when they have opportunities to succeed. Their success does not mean You love us less. There will be times for us to win too. When we are losing, Jesus help us to trust You. We know that You turn all things to good.
When those around us are experiencing times that are hard, give us words of encouragement to speak to them. Help them to feel secure in You, for they are far more than any loss in Your eyes. When we are called to lead I pray for wisdom and compassion, that those you give us to care for will encounter Your Unfailing Love.
In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.
Colossians 3:17 KJV And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
1 Peter 3:8 NKJV Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
James 4:10 KJV Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and he shall lift you up.