Psychologist Vicki Medvec did an interesting study on Olympic medal winners. She found that athletes who won bronze medals were happier than those who won silver. The reason? The silver medalists were consumed with how close they came to winning gold, while the bronze winners were just happy to win a medal.
Victory is not defined by being the fastest, smartest, or richest. Victory is defined by contentment. Paul said, “In any state in which I find myself, I have learned to be content” (Philippians 4:11).
But that doesn’t mean you do nothing. You still have to run the race, and you need to finish strong. How you compare to someone else in the race is of no importance.
Recovery Step: Run the race and leave the results to God.