Posted by: ritagone | July 25, 2018

The Leaderboard


In golf, in racing, in many other competitions in life, a leaderboard is used to display the standings between competitors.  Who’s ahead?  Who’s winning?  Who is the favorite?  Who’s coming in second?  Third? What’s the most prominent, important, significant among a host of things?

This image took over my life last week as I was faced with a potentially serious health issue: did I have a tumor on my adrenal gland that was causing a chronic rise in my blood pressure and a drop in my potassium levels?  And if my blood pressure was elevated to serious heights, could I travel by plane to London and spend over a week doing fun things and then attending Communitas’ 50th anniversary conference at High Leigh, a Christian conference center north of London?  Was it too risky?  And the potassium levels being so low were sounding quite dangerous too, as the endocrinologist informed me upon walking into the examination room: “You know, people die from potassium levels this low!” Thank you very much,” I thought to myself. “It’s nice to meet you too.”  This particular health issue immediately assumed place #1 in my mind on my health leaderboard.

Up until then, #1 on my health leaderboard has been my migraine headaches, trying to find either a cure or a way to cope with them.  All of a sudden, though, migraines moved down on the leaderboard to a #2 or even #3 position as other issues crept up, other health anxieties that, for one reason or another, needed to be dealt with quickly because of travel or for whatever reason (like imminent death from low potassium, I guess).

And then I realized that life is like this with so many other things as well: we have mental leaderboards about so many issues in our lives: family, finances, jobs, health.  We rank issues according to how pressing they are or how serious or how much time they grab of our attention.

So what if I could make the leaderboard of my life the things that Jesus told me were the leaderboard of His life?  To concentrate on loving God with all my heart, soul and mind, and doing whatever it takes to make that happen…and to eliminate everything that prevents that from taking place.  And to concentrate also on loving my neighbor, my friends, my family, the people all around me that God puts me in touch with, with all my heart, soul and mind.  And to eliminate everything that prevents that also from taking place.

Now that’s a leaderboard worth having in my life!




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