“Then they can take pride in themselves
alone, without comparing themselves to someone else…” Gal 6:4
“Am I the best I can possibly be?” This is the question we ought to ask ourselves from
time to time.
“Am I the best among all my peers?” This is the question we should avoiding asking
What does our Master require from all of us? To be the best of all or to be the best of me.
The answer is obvious, isn’t it?
Why was the one with one talent condemned in our Lord’s parable? It was not his fault that he
was only meagerly endowed; his shortcoming was his timidity and lack of effort
in investing what he had. The Lord didn’t judge him by comparing him with the
other two with greater talent; the man was judged for what he was and his lack
How best is my best? I guess we will never know, for no matter how hard we try, our best
still falls far behind our potential best.
“I am just repeating myself,” I complained to Kathy, feeling quite discontented with my
“No, you are doing a great job as usual,” Kathy was just being her usual self- comforting
and encouraging self. I know full well that I have become stagnant and my
creativity energy is drying out.
No, this is not my best; my best is yet to come; and my dream of becoming my best will
never be realized unless I continue to strive to become better and better, and
gradually narrow the gap between what I am and what I am capable of becoming.
President Obama was just chosen as “Man of the Year” by Time magazine, which is an award
we commoners will never achieve. Indeed the president’s best far surpasses all
of ours and we will become extremely discouraged and despondent if we compare
ourselves with him. In fact, we will get discouraged even if compare ourselves
with our friends and neighbors.
Can I “take pride” in myself and what I have accomplished so far? I guess I can be proud of
my achievements if I only measure myself against my own best, not someone
else’s best. Considering what I was and the way I was brought up, I think I am
doing quite well; but lest I become complacent, I need to remind myself that I can
be so much better as a Christian, a pastor, and a writer.
The Lord will always demand from us our very best, not some other people’s best. Therefore,
our question will always be: “Have I done my best?” and “what can I do to
improve myself so that I can be at my best?”
There are obviously concrete steps we can take to improve ourselves, both spiritually and
intellectually. Why not set a goal for yourself and concrete steps to achieve
that goal? Becoming our very best spiritually and physically takes both effort
and discipline and it’s a lifelong endeavor, which doesn’t happen