I am a high school math teacher. Sometimes I like to teach math using video games. The other day I brought one of my systems into class for a particular lesson about functions. The game I was using was Mario Kart. During my lunch break I let some of the kids try their luck at beating their old teacher in some racing mayhem.
Because I pick the games that I know so well, I usually have a decent advantage when facing off against my students. After a few games one of my kids did beat me. I expected some loud trash talking and cheers at my demise, but instead the student merely said, “Nice game, Mr. Vasi.” This student’s reaction definitely took me by surprise.
The next day I acknowledged the student for being such a good winner. I was again taken aback by his response. He calmly stated, “Yeah, I have been humbled before.”
FAIL. PAUSE. REFLECT.
It amazes me how being humbled at something allows us the opportunity to more gracefully accept success. Think about it with me for a second; when was the last time you have failed at something? If you are like me, then you probably thought of an instance fairly quickly. Maybe, just maybe, our failures are a much needed pause button on the fast forward life we would otherwise choose to live.
Don’t our setbacks give us a moment to stop and reflect on the fact that without help, we might not be able to do it? If we didn’t have the opportunity to flop once in a while it would be all too easy to think everything good comes from our innate ability to succeed.
Ask any humble person (someone who recognizes they are not the center of their own universe) and they will tell you that accomplishment, triumph, and true satisfaction do not come at the cost of others, but with their help.
SOMETIMES IT’S BETTER TO SELL NOTHING.
If you seem to be failing right now, take this chance to recognize that you can’t do it on your own. Then, take a minute and ask God if He will help you. It might be something we were never meant to do. Then again, God may be waiting until we get the realization that every good gift comes from Him (including people to work along side of us). Then, we can prosper and still remain humble.
Don’t think of selling nothing as the end, but as the place to learn humility.