As basketball season winds down, track and baseball/softball seasons gear up. The crowning glories of these endeavors, yet to be realized, will be displayed on many a bedroom wall and family room mantle.
These earned crowns often find their greatest value when they are cast into the sea of God's loving care for others. Here is a story recently shared by Dave Branon in an Our Daily Bread devotional that epitomizes the casting of crowns:
At the 2009 Kansas high school state track championship, an unusual thing happened. The team that won the girls 3,200-meter relay was disqualified. But what happened next was even more unusual. The team that was awarded the state championship by default turned right around and gave their medals to the team that had been disqualified.
The first school, St. Mary’s Colgan, lost first place because judges ruled that a runner had stepped out of her lane as she handed off the baton. That meant the second team, Maranatha Academy, moved up to first. After receiving their medals, the girls from Maranatha saw the downtrodden looks on the faces of the St. Mary’s girls, so they gave them their individual medals.
What an act of love . . . casting their crowns around the necks of a disqualified opponent is an ultimate act of worship to God. Paul wrote to the Philippian church advising them to do the same...
Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:4
And what did this do in the hearts of the disqualified team who had just experienced the death of a dream? They experienced the love and tender mercy of a great God through young women who were willing to cast their crowns.
He redeems me from death and CROWNS me with love and tender mercies. Psalm 103:4 NLT
OUR GOD DELIGHTS IN CASTING CROWNS! It is in acts of humility like this that our God lives and moves and has His being.
For the LORD takes delight in his people; he CROWNS the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4 NIV ©2011
How will we use our crowns today? When we are honored how will we worship God with those crowns? Who and where does He want to use them to lift up others?
Blessings . . . as you CAST YOUR CROWNS!
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