Tony Dungy, former coach of the Indianapolis Colts, says it is far more important to be significant than to be successful. He says people soon forget your Super Bowl wins, but they seldom forget good character or deeds that spring from a good heart. Real significance originates in God’s nature and character. King David understood this. In Psalm 18, he refers to his many victories, but he is very careful to give God the credit. He says, “O LORD, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing praises to your name. You give great victories to your king; you show unfailing love to your anointed, to David and all his descendants forever.” He not only recognized God’s hand in all the battles he won; he also knew that his victories merely prefigured the day when God would bring all nations under the control of His descendant, Jesus Christ. David derived his significance by fitting into God’s purpose and plans. God has created each of us for Himself and His purpose. We derive our significance by submitting to God and fulfilling His purpose for us. That process begins when we confess and accept Jesus Christ as our Savior. Our sense of significance increases as we engage in activities that foster God’s purpose in the world today.
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