Have you been in a conversation, with a group, and each time one person says something, another one has to attempt to top the significance. If you mention, say Birmingham, one will tell of some wild, earth-shaking experience. A few subtle questions will quickly reveal the person has never been near Birmingham.
The plague of one-upmanship seems to hit those who have had some success in some field and then slide off the pinnacle. Recalling something they remember as great acts as an ego balm for the bruises that came with their decline.
People don’t care about yesterday or a decade ago. They are a little more interested in more recent exploits or what your concrete well thought out plans you have for today or the near future.
Kahlil Gibran, a thoughtful Christian lecturer of the 20th century, stated:
“To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but at what he aspires to do.” Khalil Gibran.
Paul’s grand theme lays out his working philosophy, noted here:
Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (NKJV).
What I did or did not achieve “yesterday” while it may have been essential or helpful, I must get over it, and continue reaching Christ honoring accomplishment with the portion of life and gifts He through the Holy Spirit imparted to me.
It’s fair to consider past achievement when a person you don’t know much about spends too much time spouting what he or she is “going to do.” Usually, stellar success is preceded by a few smaller victories along the way.
To fail is better than to quit dreaming and give life your best effort. If you fail to pull a dream from the air, remember this old line, from, I believe, Cavett Robert:
“Men who never build castles in the air, never build castles anywhere!”
Copyright © 2018 Larry Lilly
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