Fence Post of Faith March 2012

 

I entered a Missouri Conservation Poster Contest in Junior High School growing up in Ewing Missouri. I spent many hours carefully planning on what I was going to draw on my 36 by 36 poster, I was sure I was going to win. I spent so much time on the smallest details. When I handed in my poster I was fore sure it would win the Grand Prize.

I was able to get a glimpse of the many that were turned in that day. They were nowhere near as nice as my. I was for sure mind was the only clear choice. I was certain. I mean I lived on a farm and my Dad ran the only Rock Quarry in the County. Dad had won a poster contest himself. I knew everything that was to know about Conservation, so I thought .

  And then the final day was here, the results were in. Another Poster won. It actually looked like the picture of the brochure I had received from the county extension office.  I received a red ribbon, how boring! I was devastated. All that work and nothing to show for it! When I took my poster home after the contest, I proudly display it at home. As I looked more closely at mine, I began to find things that weren’t done nearly as well as I had remembered I had done. The coloring job wasn’t as smooth as it should have been, I had colored over some of the detail, and you could see mistakes…

   In Life, many times, we do the best we can. As we look back, we see the details we have left undone and feel bad. We know we could have done better. We think we have done the best job we could, but it doesn’t always seem that way when we look back. Hind sight is, indeed, 20/20.

   But God knows the times when we truly make the effort. God knows our hearts. And in the end, no matter how well we do, the prize still awaits. It is not competition.  There is no checklist. There is only the grace and love of a God who wants all of us to win. Our reward comes not because of how well we have done, but because that is what God Desires. God’s grace is enough.

    And it is because of God’s grace and love that we should always strive to be the best people we can be and do the best job we can, when serving God. Always. Under any conditions. Doing anything we have to do.

    Why wouldn’t we want to give our very best to God, who always gives the very best to us?

Jeff Metcalf