Perhaps a bit to my Sweetie’s regret, I’m having a little trouble making the hand-off of our handsome Golf League Trophy.
Regular readers may recall that my teammates and I secured the Championship Hardware in a rain-soaked day of matches a few months back.
One of the perks of winning: Each member of the team gets a shot at taking personal possession of the Trophy for a 7-day period during the off-season – a time which he can then put to good use…by giving everyone in his circle a chance to get up-close-and-personal with the gleaming Cup.
And in my case, I do mean everyone: The morning kaffeeklatsch, two different weekly prayer groups, the grandsons, my mother, my brothers, my adult children…the list goes on and on.
Most have borne my bout of immodesty with good-natured grace. (My mother even said with a smile, “You’re just like your father: Every time he won a skin, I’d hear about it for two weeks!”)
Not unreasonably, most in my circle are also ready for “Trophy Week” to end. Which is to say: While I may think the Cup makes a wonderful addition to our home décor…Gerri definitely believes the time has come for it to move on.
Alas: I’m now into “Day 2” of OT.
Unable to make connections with the teammate who’s next in line to #humblebrag with family and friends, the Trophy remains in my boastful little hands. (There’s an excellent chance, in fact, that I’ll be able to use it as the serving dish for my legendary Super Bowl Guacamole on Day 3 of OT.)
None of which is particularly good for my spiritual well-being, I’ve noticed. Sure, all the world may grasp after trophies, fame and championships, but God’s attention tends to be focused elsewhere, says the Psalmist:
Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
to his wisdom there is no limit.
The LORD sustains the lowly;
the wicked [and boastful?] he casts to the ground.
So maybe one important take-away from my OT period is this: The real winners in life…are those who recognize that our ultimate victory is in Christ.
Let us pause now…to recall that we are in the presence of the Holy & Merciful One.