Local champions exist. As a matter of fact, I was one sometimes ago. During my primary school days, I was always attaining the first position in class, so much that I was promoted from primary one to primary three, and from primary three to JSS One!. I was indeed a local champion and I overrated my abilities. When I got to JSS One, I got the shock of my life! I was pushed to the 13th position in the first term, and the 7th position in the second term. I felt really sad because I thought I was good in my former school when I was compared to my classmates by the school positioning system. But then I realized that I was not that good anyway.
I later left for another school due to some pressure. In this new school, there were less than 20 students in the class and I started attaining the first position again! I remember going for a state mathematics competition and when I saw the questions, I couldn’t attempt about 50% of it. The truth was that all the while, I had thought I was good because the people in my class were not as good as I was, but I was not as intelligent as the state academic standard expected of me. This was foolishness on my part.
The scriptures admonished us in 2 Corinthians 10:12 not to compare ourselves among ourselves. We allow people define what success means to us, and we start trying to attain it. We run day & night to show that we are successful according to the world’s standard.
For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. (KJV)
Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant! (NLT)
The ideal standard for every one of us is with the Father who has endowed us with varying graces, gifts and talents and he has different expectations from our lives. The paradox however is that we run to show the world that we are successful while God has a different measurement scale and parameters for our lives.
In Matthew 25:14-24, the parable of the Master who gave talents to three of his servants was told by Jesus. Servant A got 5 talents, servant B got 2 talents while servant C got only 1.
Comparing yourself with others can be likened to a scenario where servant B who had two talents starts striving to make a profit of 5 more talents like servant A that was given 5 talents.It can also be likened to a situation where servant A that got 5 talents and was expected to make 5 more talents stopped at making a profit of just two talents because his neighbour (servant B with 2 talents) was permitted to make a profit of just two more talents!
You have no idea about God’s plan for people around you, and you should not compare yourself to anybody. You can learn from them, get inspired by them, but do not measure your success by any body’s result or standard. This is also not an attempt to make you remain a mediocre, but to make you reach out for the best plan God has for your life.
Dear friend, go back to the drawing board and check with the manufacturer, ask him what abilities he has given you and what profit you are expected to make every season of your life. As you walk in the light of God’s plan for you, endeavour to get better everyday! Love who you are and who you’re becoming in Christ. This is the way to measure up & live your life to the maximum capacity that God has made you to be.
Refuse to be a local champion and measure up to God’s expectation over your life. Unto whom much is given, much is expected.