Here’s a headline you won’t see very often, out of The Chicago Tribune, “Tourney MVP: I’m Not Worthy”. Danny Gathings was a junior at High Point College, whose team played for the Big South Conference championship against Liberty University. They were beaten soundly, but the sportswriters and coaches voted Gathings the best player.

When Gathings got back to the campus at High Point, he walked into his coach’s office, trophy in hand, and said, “I don’t deserve this. I want to give it to Blair. I should have handed it to him when they presented it to me.”

How often do we look at ourselves and say, “I really didn’t deserve the blessings I’ve received”? How often do we look at our friends, neighbors, or coworkers and feel that they are more hard-working, more worthy of reward than us?

It is so easy to be jealous of others when they get something we feel they didn’t deserve: the promotion, the pay raise, the position in the church. “Why does God bless them instead of blessing me?” we ask. 

In all my years of pastoring, I’ve had many people come in and complain about the job they should have gotten but didn’t, but never have I listened to anyone complain that someone else should have been promoted instead of themselves. I would probably fall to the floor in shock.

There is one thing we can learn from this young college basketball player: we can all stand to be a little more humble.

Too many people now climb onto the cross merely to be seen from a greater distance, even if they have to trample somewhat on the One Who has been there so long. — Albert Camus

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder