Lets play a quick game! How many of these questions can you answer without using Google?
- Who won the Super Bowl 8 years ago?
- What movie won an Oscar award for “Best Picture” 3 years ago?
- Who was considered the world’s best golfer 2 years ago?
- What song was top of the charts this time last year?
- What was on the front page of the newspaper last weekend?
So how did you do? If you didn’t know most of the answers, you’re in good company. I don’t know the answers either! Isn’t it funny how quickly we forget these things? The people who are considered “greatest” at their sport or art, quickly lose their fame and are easily forgotten. That’s because the world’s definition of “greatness” is flawed and fleeting.
Lets try some easier questions. How many of these can you answer?
- Who was your favorite grade school teacher?
- What’s the nicest thing your parents ever did for you?
- When did you feel the most loved by a friend?
I’m sure everyone could answer these questions much faster! Do you see the difference? People may not remember your achievements, but they will always remember how you made them feel. True and lasting greatness comes from relationships we form. Who is the best at creating lasting relationships? Jesus.
Striving for greatness is not a bad thing, but what we are looking to be great at, matters! In the words of Pope John Paul II, “It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.” Do you want to be great? Look to the one who is Greatness Himself.
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