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How Do You Measure Your Worth

This morning, I watched the men’s Wimbledon finals.  Did you happen to catch it?  If not, you missed one of the most amazing finals match ever!

Roger Federer and Andy Roddick went at it for over four hours!  Back and forth they went.  I’ll admit that I was surprised that Roddick played so well, forcing the match into a fifth set.  The rules state that there is no tie breaker in the fifth set, so the duo played…and played…and played.  The fifth set lasted longer than the women’s final match!

In the end, Federer won, putting a 16-14 end to the final set.

My heart broke as the camera zoomed in on Roddick’s face during the trophy ceremony.  His eyes were bloodshot…tears already spilled and more to come.  Disappointment was etched on his young face.

My heart hurt for him.

If you’ve never watched one of these finals, you should know that each player is interviewed on the court during the awards presentation.  Roddick spoke first…commenting on how much he wants his name on the wall (referring to a wall that is home to all of the names of Wimbledon champions).  You could see that this is one of his greatest desires.

In his moment of loss, he seemed to have forgotten how far he had already traveled.

I’ve thought about those sad eyes throughout the afternoon, and I can’t help but wonder why so many people measure their worth by the world’s standards.

So many seek after THE trophy…THE championship…THE perfect GPA…THE prestigious job title.

Why do we hinge our worth on the attainment of temporary things?

Sure, I know…it can feel like validation for a job well done. As the mom of a competitive soccer player, I am fully aware of the time and sacrifice an athlete puts into the game.

But what happens when you don’t reach your goal?  Does that mean that you didn’t try your hardest?  Does it mean you’re a failure or that you’re worth less than the ones who got what they wanted?

I wish I could tell Andy Roddick that he is a child of God, created in His image.  He doesn’t need his name etched on a wall to be considered a champion.  He used his talent to the best of his ability and, in doing so, brought glory to God.

Most of us will never be famous, rich, or “in charge.”  However, if we have repented of our sins, acknowledged Christ’s redemptive work on the cross, and walked with the Lord, in the end we will hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

I don’t know about you, but this is how I measure my worth.

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