Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
- 1 Corinthians 9:25
It's very easy to get caught up in the world of sports. Whether as a fan, coach or athlete, sports is an exciting world with defined rules and often instant gratification. All that makes it very appealing as a measure of one's ability and worth. Life itself is much more messy, without defined opponents or scoring. And while one's ability in a sport can usually be ascertained over a career, life's defining of abilities is an ever-present and ever-changing process that last from birth until death. And sometime even beyond death as an appreciation for one's works may not be found until after his life is gone.
And so, while sports is an interesting microcosm for life, it is in no way more important than life itself. Even if sports is your livelihood, as I hope it will be mine one day, the priorities of life need to always stay in perspective. One time when I was complaining about a particularly frustrating day at work, my grandmother waited until I finished and said simply "Honey, you don't work for UPS. You work for God. He just wants you to work for UPS right now. So when your bosses or co-workers get to you, remember you work for the Lord and he's your real boss."
So today and throughout next week, remember that whatever you are tasked to do, be it your job or chores or whatever, you are working for a higher purpose. Even if you don't believe in a higher power, your energy contributes to the world and staying positive, grounded and productive will make the planet a better place. Work with purpose, even if it isn't your own.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”