My daughter runs the mile on her track team. While she is faster than me, she is not fast compared to her teammates. In fact, when she runs her race, she comes in last. Dead last.
What I love about her, though, is her incredible attitude through it all. She has known from the beginning that she would never be the fastest, but enjoyed running. She works to improve her own time as much as she can. She cheers for her friends, celebrating in their accomplishments and raving over the records that they break, and telling everyone how incredible they are.
I love the atmosphere after each race, with her friends not having to come up with words to console her over coming in last, but rather celebrating with her on her improved time. At the same time, they can be excited and proud of their own accomplishments without feeling like they are rubbing it in my daughter’s face. It is a time filled with hugs, laughter, and joy, and is lots of fun.
What does this have to do with faith? Everything. We don’t need to compare our faith to others’ faith. We can celebrate our God moments, blessings, and growth in our faith, and encourage others to celebrate theirs, no matter how small, and definitely no matter how large.
While it is great to try to be the best, it’s much more important to try to be your best, and to encourage others to do the same. If we focus on how we fall short in comparison, then we might give up on a very rewarding race, and I would hate for any of us to miss out on the finish line altogether.