The boy who got no prize...#
There is certainly an inequity, but is there too an injustice when those free from handicap reap honor from their 'natural' health, yet the handicapped are 'ineligible'?
#The following text in italics was submitted by a subscriber (a retired school Principal) as a response to last Friday's SoulSnack ~ GOD NEVER GIVES A 1ST PRIZE.
The scene this addresses is a pain-filled, wheelchair ridden boy at his high school graduation.
The truth was that he had actually worked far harder, but enjoyed less success, and received no due recognition. Yet the smile on his face was no less than that of the parents and grandparents of the school Dux.
As I watched him, I was brought to heel. In his honest encouragement of the prize winner I once more saw grace in action.
He had learnt that striving his best each day to be a better student, a better mate and a better son brought it's own unsung rewards.
There was no competition in his mind between his own circumstance and the genuine celebration of achievement on the face of one of his classmates. This brought him joy too.
The Last Word:
... it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one who the Lord commends. (2 Corinthians 10:18)