We shouldn’t be ashamed of our accomplishments. We shouldn’t feel guilty, like we’ve stolen the good thing. It was earned. It was worked for, slaved over, time and energy were poured into it. But we don’t tell anyone, or if we do, that sense of shame, of guilt, creeps over us and we downplay it. We downplay the blog we’ve started, the book we’ve finished, the raise we just got.
That’s why I love Damian Lillard’s face in this photo. He just hit a game winning, series clinching shot. It was an amazing moment that’s he’s worked for for years. His time, sweat, blood, thought, and energy were given toward the sport of basketball and it just paid off. He knows, in that moment, he just did something big. And he owns it. He owns his moment, his time in the spotlight.
No, the vast majority of us won’t be like Damian Lillard. We won’t make a game winning three point shot in the NBA. And that’s okay. We have our own victories, our own time in the spotlight. When that light shines on us, even for the briefest moment, we tend to shy away. “It wasn’t a big deal,” we say. “It’s nothing major.” Or, “It doesn’t matter.”
Except all that is a lie. It’s a lie, fed to us by the devil. So next time you have a win, you have a success, share it. Don’t be afraid or guilty. You earned it.
Jesus had easily the biggest “win” in human history, on what we know as Easter weekend. He defeated Satan, death, hell, and the grave. And you know what he did right after that? Came and told everyone. If Jesus celebrated his own victory, shouldn’t we celebrate not only our own, but His as well?
Stay salty, friends.
What’s one win you’ve had this week?