Counted as Loss

2:49 PM

I got home from Nationals Monday night, and ever since then, I've been going through my Bible Bee stuff -- reading the notes and signatures in my little books, looking at photos from Nationals, and trying to decide what to keep and where to put it.  Can I bear to part with the printed version of my Google doc notes?  Scattered around my room are random to-do lists, a packing list, and even an index card taped to the ceiling above my bed, which reads, "Get up NOW!" (Some of us need a little extra help with getting up in the morning.)

Then I came to my medal, a symbol of my achievements.  But what is it?  Just a piece of ribbon with a circular metal thing attached to the end.  It's a nice medal, but it has no real value.  Neither does a perfect oral score, semi-finals, finals, or even first place.  All are counted as loss, because they are not Christ.  They are exciting, fun, and I would do it again if I could.  But they are all loss, rubbish, in comparison to Christ. 

This past week was a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement.  But it was also a time of disappointment for some.  Even for those of us who did advance, there were disappointments.  It was disappointing to watch people be eliminated and to see friends not getting to experience their dream of semi-finals.  It was disappointing not to be awarded a perfect oral recitation.  

I want you to know, though, that all those things which you desire are rubbish.  They have no eternal value.  What matters is that you know Christ.  I am thankful that I got to be in semis, but so much more than that, I am thankful for what Christ accomplished for me on the cross.  I know that my ranking in Bible Bee won't matter a bit when I get to Heaven.  I will not be judged according to it, but according to my righteousness which is Christ.

I don't want you to wallow in your disappointment.  Disappointment is okay for a time, but it can't last forever.  I have lived too much of my life wishing that I had learned more cross-references, taken more practice tests, or been more focused during orals.  It's good to learn from our mistakes, but disappointment can't be our life.  Christ must be our life, and when we are in His presence, there is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).  You can cry now, but eventually, you'll have to move on.  "Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

I also don't want you to live your whole life with your head in the clouds after Nationals.  Be thankful for what happened at Nationals, but be willing to live life without Bible Bee with as much gusto as you've lived the past six months with Bible Bee.  Live your life fully right now where God has placed you.  Be aware of the needs (physical, emotional, and spiritual) of the people you see regularly.  Your time in Bible Bee will eventually come to a close, but people last forever.  God has placed you in a certain place at a certain time with certain people.  Don't waste this opportunity.  

Life is not about Bible Bee.  Life is about knowing Christ, about being found in Him with His righteousness alone.  In the end, semi-finals won't matter a bit.  Christ is all that matters.  

"But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead."
Philippians 3:7-11

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  1. What a good reminder! I've been thinking about this a lot too. Thank you for sharing! :)

  2. So good. Easy to think that "Bible Bee IS my life" but really CHRIST is my life. He is the only lasting treasure. Even Bible Bee will end + let you down in some ways, but Jesus never will.
    SO good to see you/chat with you dear! Love your sweet heart for others + the Lord.

  3. Good post! But the hard work and time you spent (and I and others) in the Word BECAUSE of the BB is eternal. Someday God will say, "Good job, good and faithful servant!" But I agree, our life should not be just about the BB.

    1. Very true. I don't count the Word of God in my heart as loss AT ALL; rather, it's my greatest treasure. But my ranking in Bible Bee is counted as loss in comparison to Christ. We learn a lot from being in competitions, but what matters in the end is that we have Christ.

  4. Btw, will you be posting "Bible Bee Nationals 2017" soon?

    1. I'm tempted to quote Aslan: "I call all times soon." :D It's in the works, but I don't know how much longer it will take. I would be surprised if it's out in the next week, but maybe two weeks will be sufficient. We'll see! :)


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