Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
The Prize
Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me.
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV)
AMTC's SHINE event hosts an awards ceremony, and every performer hopes to be called on stage. The entertainment world hosts dozens of award shows, like the Emmys, Tonys, Oscars, Grammies, and Golden Globes. We can't name them all.

When we are not recognized as winners, we can feel crushed by the loss. Are we untalented, unpopular, unattractive, or just plain average?

Winning a role or a trophy feels good for a minute. But the world's awards fade quickly, leaving us insecure (what if I can't pull this off again?) or arrogant (I'm the best!). Both feelings are dangerous.

Only one Man was perfect, but even He was not chosen in a life and death popularity contest with Barabbas.

The wisest competitors don't give failure a second glance. It's been called 'failing forward.' They quickly put defeat behind them and look ahead. Top entertainers, athletes, inventors, executives, and politicians agree. Casting off failure and not looking back bring success.

As Christians, we live in the kingdom of man, but we seek the Kingdom of God. As entertainers, we struggle to live in Hollywood but not to be of it. God hosts the only victory party that matters, and Jesus tells us we must be willing to lose in order to win.

Therefore, in the lights, camera, and action business, we cannot dwell on failures, pain, misses, betrayals, or injustices--because God promises our success. If we look back with anger or regret, we can't see clearly to move ahead.

And ahead of us is the only prize that matters.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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