Every year at the same time, we gathered around the TV. One by one each contestant walked across the stage in an evening gown and swimsuit. Afterwards they showcased their talent. I always had paper and pen to do my own judging and was particularly partial to the brunettes, but the young woman from Texas was always my first choice. First and second round eliminations narrowed the contestants, and then the final few were chosen to answer secret questions. After a series of long commercials while the judges’ votes were tabulated, the winners were announced. Second runner up – first runner up – and then the moment we had been waiting for all evening. The next year’s reigning beauty queen was announced. A crown was placed on her head, roses were placed in her arms, she walked the stage as thousands applauded her, and a song of awe was sung over her. She was the most beautiful woman in the country, at least for this year.
Every year a new beauty queen is chosen. Every season there is a new American Idol and a new Biggest Loser (the only time it’s good to be a loser). Every year another team wins the Super Bowl, the NBA Championship, and the World Series. We watch and wait with rapt attention anticipating who the winners will be, and then we shower them with praise.
What’s more amazing than any of these is that at the end of time as we know it, there will be a winner of all time. What’s even more amazing is that we know who wins. God wins. We already know the winner, and we can start praising Him now.
Bring it even closer to home. At the end of each day, each week, each month, each year, who wins in your life? Give God the Praise, and make sure He is the winner in your life.