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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Small Victories

By Ken Horn
Jan. 16, 2011

As I stepped onto the trail near our house, I saw a familiar face.

I walk this trail frequently, and he was one of the regulars, often seen slowly ambling down the path. I usually exchanged pleasantries with him as I walked by.

But this time he stopped me. “C’mere,” he said, and motioned me over to where he sat.

“When I came down here, I saw a couple,” he began, “and I passed them. It’s the first time [he paused for effect] I ever passed anyone.”

I’m still laughing about that. Though he intended it humorously, he could enjoy the fact that, for once, he wasn’t the one being passed.

I think we’re all that way in some respect. Many Christians feel like failures because others seem to be passing them at a faster clip on life’s spiritual trail. There are things we know we don’t do as well as others. We may even be tempted to stop trying. But when a little success surprises us, we are quietly elated.

But success in serving God has nothing to do with comparing yourself to others.

Even the most talented and gifted have things they don’t do well. And usually that’s not important. It’s not important to pass people on the trail. What is important for us is to be what God wants us to be and do what God wants us to do.

The apostle Paul wrote, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NASB). To “perfect it” means God is “working to bring it to completion.” For some it will be by leaps and bounds; for others, by slow steps on the trail.

Don’t give up. Rejoice in small victories and keep doing your best. God’s not finished with you; with His help, you will accomplish exactly what He has intended for you.

Ken Horn


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