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Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load. –Galatians 6:4-5

During her outstanding swimming career, Jenny Thompson claimed eight Olympic gold medals in relay events. But in the 1998 World Swimming Championships, the American found a way to shine on her own. The 25-year-old swimmer began the meet on a high note, capturing first place in the 100-meter freestyle. Her 54.95 time edged out Slovakia’s Martina Moracova (55.09) and China’s Shan Ying (55.10) for the gold.  But Thompson saved her greatest performance for last. The next day in the 100-meter butterfly prelims, she established a meet record of 58.91, breaking the old mark of 58.98 set by Liu Limin in 1994. In the finals, Thompson swam even faster. She shattered her own record with a time of 58.46.

Swimming or being on an intermural team means being part of a group. But unless each person carries his load, the team loses. In FarmHouse it seems like a lot of the time if we don’t win a certain award then we are failures. The Bible says we shouldn’t compare ourselves to other people. Instead, we should test ourselves against God’s standard of excellence. We should carry the load that God has assigned to us without worrying about what he asks for someone else. We should be the best Christian we can be and leave the rest up to God.