Each day that we awake and begin finds us in competition with practically everything around us. For some of us it’s a competition to see who can get to work the quickest. Others may find themselves in competition to get that last seat on the subway.
We find competition in numerous areas within our lives. Some days is seems as if our entire existence is based around some type of competition. Each of us if we are honest with ourselves are driven by the need to be the best. The desire to be first can result in us going all out to the point where we will begin at sunrise and continue pass the point of sun down. I must be better than any one else, I must be the one standing as number one at the end, I must be declared as the winner.
The end goal at times to be number one or to be the undisputed champion can be overwhelming at times. The desire and drive to be number one, to be shall we say the undisputed champion is strong. But it can at times if we are not careful push us to the point whereby it becomes all that we are concerned about. Even at times to the point where the blinders that we have on block out everything else around us.
One thing that I have learned in life is that too much of anything can be bad. Just because something is good to you doesn’t mean that it is always good for you as my elders used to say.
Life we will all agree is not going to be a cake walk. It will not be that bed of roses that perhaps we envisioned early in life. It is at times just as much an uphill battle as anything else.
From day one of each of our lives we are prepping and preparing for the journey ahead. A journey that will see both the good as well as the bad. So often in the journey we are consumed by the very essence of the journey itself. How will I make it through, will I be the success that I’ve dreamed of, can I accomplish all that I have set goals for?
So much pressure, so much at times that the need to be all that we want to be becomes an obsession. An obsession that can become what matters more than anything else.
It is easy to be invested in the journey to the extend that we are convinced that we must be declared as the undisputed champion at the end. But within the process of achieving the goal of being the undisputed champion, questions will arise that will be answered. Be it sooner or later, they will demand of us answers.
Questions such as what really is the most important thing? What is the total cost of the presumed victory of being number one? What really in the end is what matters the most?
If as such this desire to be number one, to be the undisputed champion is what matters more than anything, then I would surmise, we are often guilty of not seeing the forest for the trees. The need to be the presumed victor, is it truly more important that the families that we are a part of? Is being number one when it comes down to it, really the most important thing in our lives? And ultimately is being the undisputed champion really what this life is about?
In a court of law, if I were questioned by a judge as to whether or not I am guilty of my charge of trying to be the undisputed champion, I would in fact have to plead guilty as charged. Guilty that more often than not I too was obsessed with being that undisputed champion in life.
With time comes wisdom and with wisdom comes a greater understanding. Wisdom that introduces the revelation that what really matters isn’t about being the undisputed champion. Wisdom that reveals to us that what is important is to as they say to take time to smell the roses.
How often do we take time to stop and inhale the fragrance of life that we are blessed with. These days, speaking for myself I immediately make time to say thank you God for the fact that I wake up in the morning. Years past I have taken that for granted; now with the wisdom and experience of life that God has blessed me with I no longer take it for granted.
How often do we stop to capture with not just ours eyes but with our hearts more than anything else the presence of the loved ones in our lives? Blessed are those who have the essence of what really matters as a part of their lives, the gift of family or friends who love them unconditionally.
The Undisputed Champion. Yes it is a driving force in the life of many. That desire to be number one at times burns like fire in our daily quest to make it to the top. But just in case, I pray that this is just a reminder. The essence of being that undisputed champion isn’t about the end goal of being number one. It isn’t about the act of standing atop the mountain as number one. Being the undisputed champion is about saying I am blessed that God has provided me with the things in life that matter the most. Family, friends, and a growing appreciation of what He has done in our lives, and knowing that each and every day is a blessing that I am grateful to receive.
God doesn’t have to bless me to see another day, let alone with the breath that I breath, but how precious is the fact that He continues to do so day after day. Surely we all can say that the grace and mercy he bestows on us daily is really confirmation of who the real undisputed champion is and what is truly most important, the presence of our loving God.
To God be the Glory
Alan T. Black