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I heard a story about 2 boys that were members of the same diving team at school, Bill Duncan and Joey Miller. They practiced diving together and Bill knew that he was just a mediocre diver but he was so proud of his friend Joey who was an excellent diver. The problem was that in practice Joey was wonderful but in a meet Joey got so uptight that he just did average. A big school meet came and Bill was determined he was going to get Joey’s mind off all the people and the judges and he was just going to conduct himself like they were in practice. And so Bill began to jabber with his friend. "Joey," Bill said, "watch me I’m an eagle” and he soared on his dive and Joey followed and seemed to be a little looser. On the next dive Bill said, "Watch me I’m jumping over the moon," and Joey followed and made an excellent dive. All through that meet Joey was doing better than Bill had ever seen him do and he was so excited about his friends accomplishment. Finally, the meet was over and the results were announced and Joey didn’t win but he came in 2nd place, better than he had ever done. And then the name of the first place winner was announced: Bill Duncan. It was when he had completely forgotten himself in his concern for his friend he rose to heights greater than he ever thought possible.

Let’s take our cue from Bill, better yet from David, best yet, let’s take our cue from Jesus. Someone has said, "What you are is God’s gift to you. What you become, is your gift to God."

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