No one wants to get “second place.” While silver is great, it shows that the Olympian just BARELY missed the gold. Who wants to be “second fiddle” when you could be first. The second best gadget may be nice but what about your friends that constantly show off “the best.
When it comes to our relationship with God, though, I have to admit that being “second” (or maybe even third or forth or last) may indeed be better. Sure, I want to be in control, but time and time again in life I’ve seen that God’s plans for my life are SO much better than my own. By letting God take the #1 spot, life is truly better. God seems to agree and tells us why:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)
This week on Sunday morning with the high schoolers we’re starting a new 4-week series called “I am Second.” I am Second is a movement that involves people, including celebrities, famous athletes, etc, sharing with the world why being second to God is perhaps the best thing about their lives. Each week we’ll look at a different video and see how their stories relate to our own.
This week we’re going to hear from Moriah Peters, an American Idol contestant who thought she was giving up all her dreams by being honest about her faith and values in the audition process. Little did she know at the time that God had bigger plans…
Sometimes following God and trusting His place as #1 is hard and makes you look very different from the world, perhaps even weird, but God’s way is the best way. We can trust that.