We all have our share of triumphs and defeats. When I was younger, defeats are something that I really struggle with. Never knowing that I’ll eventually learn to embrace it. How about you, how do you feel about your defeats in life? Will you agree that it’s easier to get humble when we are faced with defeats? Because for me, it’s the very reason why I appreciate all the defeats that came my way. It served as my reminder to get humble.
How about triumphs? How does that make you feel? Contrary to what most might expect, I’m frightened by it. I feel that way because every triumph fuels our confidence. Confidence that may lead to overconfidence, even pride. I can remember myself exhibiting this kind of character at a young age (I know now that I was just blessed with those talents, but before, I thought I was better than my other classmates), because I made fun of my classmates’ weaknesses. I thought it was funny, because my classmates are laughing at it. I even felt that it was normal, since I’m not the only one doing it, and we’re making “our other classmates” laugh. Unknowingly (now that I’m “older”), I realized that I’ve been throwing offensive humor to those around me, just because I can.
I regret it. It’s the thing that frightens me about triumphs. When it starts to transform you into someone who is prideful. I am not in anyway saying that triumphs are bad. What I’m trying to point out are the two sides of it, and how it’s more difficult to get humble when we are faced with triumphs over defeats. However, my fear was rooted on who I “temporarily turned out to be”, because of my own experiences of triumphs and personally witnessing experiences of people close to my heart, who suffered the same struggle.
Those I mentioned above are the bad side (of triumphs). If you do happen to be going through that phase in your life, there’s hope! Because I believe that every triumph is a blessing (that’s what’s good about it). We din’t create it. It was entrusted to us. As a result of our faithfulness to the gifts and talents given to us by our Creator. Once we realized that, even our triumphs can help us get humble. And if we allow ourselves to be constantly reminded by His words,
“Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.”
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
We will be properly guided in how to turn our triumphs into an opportunity to serve others and get humble. I appreciate you for dropping by and thank you for your time. Feel free to reach out. 🙂