One day, there was a little boy who had a racing car toy and he joined in a competition. It was a glamorous moment because it was the final round. There were 4 finalists (including the little kid) and each one of them was boasting their own car toy. Each car was hand-made (that was the rule of the competition). That little kid’s name was Mark. His car wasn’t special but he went to the final round nevertheless. Compared to the other kids’ cars, his car was pretty basic and didn’t look as interesting as the others. However, Mark was so proud of his since he made the car himself.
So the time came. Everyone was ready with their car on the Start line. Mark asked for a minute and he was mumbling for a while before the race started. His eyes were closed. A minute later he said, “Yeah, I’m ready!”. So the race began!
Everyone was shouting and every finalist shouted, boasting their own cars. “Go, go go!”, they shouted. The finish line was closed and a car went past it first. Yes, it’s Mark’s. Everyone shouted in joy and so did Mark. Again, he was mumbling, “Thank you”.
On the podium, the competition manager asked Mark “Hey champ, you prayed to God before the race started, asking to win, didn’t you?”. Mark was silent. “No, sir”, he said. “That’s not what I asked. I don’t think it’s fair to ask God to help me in defeating other people. I was asking God for strength so that I wouldn’t cry if I lose”. Everyone was silent hearing the little kid’s remark. After a moment of pause, claps and shouts were in the air.
Mark didn’t ask to win. He didn’t ask God to take care and fulfill his desire to win on the test he went through. He asked God to give him strength in it. Often we asked God for an easy way out and to be successull/to be the winner. How often do we have faith in Him and ask for His strength instead on our tests? How often do we ask God to fulfill our ego? Learn from Mark, the little boy.