When You Need a Little Humbling...

01 August 2010

Intense Tennis

Teeth clenched,
Muscles tensed,
Eyes glued on the ball,
Ready for action,
– I begin a crucial set.

Heart thumping,
Toes aching,
Legs running,
Mind racing
– I battle for one point.

Head whirling,
Lips cracked,
Arms limp,
Breathing shakily
– I feel so tired.

Mind concentrating,
Racket ready,
Arm steady,
Taking a deep breath,
– I serve the ball.

Head down,
Feet lagging,
Breathing deeply,
Blinking back tears,
– I go back to the car after I’ve lost.
copyright Melody 2006
  
This poem was one I wrote a couple years ago after playing (and losing) a crucial tennis match. It was the game that would determine who was the "champion" of all the kids who were in the tennis class - and I really wanted to win. I was elated with the fact that I was "at the top" (versing the person in 1st place). It certainly made me feel good that I was "better" than all of the people who had played before.

Though I didn't put the label on it back then, now I see it for what it is: pride. God saw that I needed a little humbling - and He certainly helped me learn the lesson in a vivid way!

It's hard to lose, isn't it? No matter how competitive you are at a game, sport, or activity, losing is always a letdown. So often it's easy to let your emotions and worth rest on being able to win, instead of viewing the game as just what it is - a game. We get so wrapped up in our pride that we forget what God values. Remember what He says in His word? 
"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." ~1 Peter 5: 5b-6
I would encourage you to examine yourself carefully. Where in your life do you need a little humbling? Is there an area that you think you have it all together, or where you are looking around at others and giving yourself an ego boost with seeing that you are "better" than them in some way? Pinpoint this area, then submit it to God humbly. He has promised that He will lift you up in due time.

In the incident with the tennis match, God thankfully gave me the grace to be humble and respond the right way after I lost. Here is another poem I wrote about the same incident that describes how it ended:

Good Sport

It was the end
Of a long, hard tennis match for champion.
She had won and I was just about beat
Both in body and in soul.
I felt like crying –
Who wouldn’t?
But I said to myself:
“It’s only a game.”
I sat down,
Shakily took a breath,
And said, “Good game.”
 copyright Melody 2006

Melody is a musical, beauty-seeking girl who blogs at Vividry and A Rose in God's Garden (her photography blog). Words and music notes are the mediums with which she expresses herself. She loves to look for the beauty in everything, because everything was made to reflect our Creator's beauty. Her highest goal is to glorify God in everything she is, does, and creates.

4 epistles:

  1. that really, really pretty. :)

    I as also wanting to ask about... a blog design? I don't want one... yet. But I'm going to want a new one n a couple month. And the girl who did mine no longer blogs.

    So I was wondering if you made your design? I think its so pretty and if you did it I was wondering if you might consider doing mine. If you didn't do it... if you could give me their link would be very gratful. :)

    With Love and Blessings,
    Bleah Briann

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  2. Oh that is so true, Melody! I have often looked back and realized, "Oh, so God was humbling me through that situation. Hmm... I didn't like it at the time, but I'm so glad He did it!"
    Also I really like your poem Good Sport. =)
    God Bless!
    Emily

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