This past week, it’s been kind of exciting to watch the reaction to the Washington Nationals winning the World Series. Professional teams in D. C. and Baltimore are the closest pro teams we have for any sport (I know some of you try to claim Pittsburgh – okay). When they win big, we celebrate. For the Nationals, this was their first world series, and only the second in D.C. history.
As I watched people post about the win on social media (honestly, the “Bryceless” posts were the best!), as the team was honored on television shows and then with their big victory parade last week-end, I found myself reflecting on what it means to win.
I think that because so much of winning seems to be on so big a stage, we seem to forget that there are a lot of little wins out there that make a big difference. For the kid who struggles with math and gets a 56 on test, but last time got a 30 – that’s a win. For the music student who has practiced a piece for forty hours and plays it perfectly for no one else to hear – that’s a win. When the person who struggles with depression gets up and leaves the house – that’s a win.
My point is this: A small win can make a big difference.
Scripture contains numerous examples of small wins. In Proverbs 15:1, we read,
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
What wins? The smaller action. In Matthew 5:41, Jesus says,
“And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.”
Notice, the first mile is forced. And while going the extra mile is a big action, it is often met with small response. People sometimes think we’re nuts for serving others.
I’m happy the Nationals won. It was an exciting world series to watch. But I am also glad for simple acts of heroism that are part of all our lives day after day. Don’t look to be the hero, rather, look to be heroic and serve others.