Today's Scripture: "the second row shall be a turquoise, a sapphire, and a diamond;" Ex 28:18
5957. Succeeding is far more important than winning. JG
Anything that's second, like the second row of jewels in the breastplate of the Priest, is something less than desired according to some people. But I find second place to be remarkable if only because the right was earned to be there. It has distinction in other venues. For instance in golf, finishing second most of the time will earn recognition and more money in a season than most singular first place winners. It took being far ahead of the opponent to see a backup quarterback play ball this weekend. But his performance showed that he is not only capable of filling-in, but would play first string for most other teams.
If diamonds could talk, I can imagine the conversation. "Excuse me, Mr. Diamond, but I am surprised that you are not the top stone," said the inquiring interviewer. The stone meekly replied. "I 'm not even first in the second row but do not feel slighted at all. I came by way of a dark and dusty coal mine, overlooked for ages and insignificant. But one miner saw in me something beautiful and began chipping away at my imperfection until polished I was more valuable and out-shined any stone. The way I see it, my Refiner is not finished with me and I am a work in process. How can I possibly be disappointed in where I'm used as long as I'm used?"
I confess, God, that Your love for me gives me significance I don't always feel.
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