“And the cities which ye shall give shall be of the possession of the children of Israel: from them that have many ye shall give many; but from them that have few ye shall give few: every one shall give of his cities unto the Levites according to his inheritance which he inheriteth.”
Participation awards are the killer spirit of motivation. Just because you participate doesn’t mean you should get a trophy or a certificate. We live in times when everyone wants everything to be equal, but life is not equal. Sports leagues want parity because they think it is unfair for the smaller market teams, but the only thing that parity does is it kills the spirit of excellence.
God is not a God of parity, but He is a very fair God. In the verse above, you can see that God told Moses that the tribes that had few were to be given a smaller possession in the Promised Land, but to the tribes that had more, were to be given a larger possession. Throughout the Scriptures, God has kept this principle. In the parable of the talents, God took from the lazy steward and gave his talent to the one who had the most talents. Why? Because God is an investor, and He is going to invest in those who work and multiply what He has given to them.
Life will always have winners and losers. Everybody cannot win. There is only one winner in everything, and the fact that someone wins should motivate those who didn’t win to work harder so they could win. I think of the Chicago Bulls in the early 80’s who couldn’t seem to overcome the dominance of the Detroit Pistons. One offseason the Bulls got so tired of losing to the Pistons that they decided to work the whole offseason on getting stronger and working together, and it resulted in the dominance and several championships for the Chicago Bulls. Losing is not a bad thing if you allow it to motivate you to work harder.
Moreover, life is not fair, but just because life is not fair does not mean that you can’t win. There are people who are better and more talented than others, but that doesn’t mean they have to settle for average. You can sit and whine because life is not fair, but that will never get you to a better position in life. You can hope that someone will help you to the top, but you will go right back down to the bottom when they stop helping you. Just because life is not fair doesn’t mean you can’t become the one who rises to the top.
If you don’t like what you don’t have, work harder. The answer to stop losing is to work harder. The person who doesn’t like losing should be motivated to work harder because of life not being fair. Someone may be more talented than you, but that only means that you should work harder to rise above them. Hard work is the greatest rewarder. I would much rather be surrounded with people who work harder than others than to be surrounded with talented people. The people who work harder will always rise above the talented people because talent relies on talent, but hard workers rely on working harder. You will always be able to do more if you have the character to work harder.
My friend, non-parity is very fair. Instead of griping about what you don’t have, decide now to work harder to get more. God always rewards hard work. God has no reason to invest in you if you are waiting for others to lift you up. God will invest in you and give you more if you will take what you have and work harder with it.