Award shows. They're a big deal, right? The first few months of every year you have all the ones dedicated to the movies - SAG awards, People's Choice, the Oscars. Then you have the music ones - CMAs, ACAs, and MTV. (Is it just me, or are there far too many acronyms to remember?) Nickelodeon has a few thrown in as well - kids need to have their picks as well. There's other awards out there too. Every sport has some sort of championship competition that really just comes down to who's playing better on any given day. Then they have All-Star games so you can watch the "best of the best". Following each of those awards could take a considerable amount of time, and we haven't even left the field of entertainment yet. There are awards for math and science. Spelling bees. Nobel prizes. The top 100 colleges of 2013. Who's Who awards. The Best Restaurant in America. If you can dream of it, there's an award for it.
There's nothing wrong with awards. They give us opportunities to recognize those who have worked hard in whatever field they're in. But (and there's always a but), they can also give us a misplaced idea of what kind of recognition is worth having.
The goal of this "awards" issue is to focus on a few Bible individuals who have demonstrated some type of quality we could learn from. Grow from. Try to emulate. We tried to find some people that you might not know as much about. This way, we can take a different look at the beauty of God's Word and use the reminder that God has a purpose for everyone, not just the headliners.
And don't get us wrong. Priscilla was an evangelist, but placing her in this issue isn't meant to imply we think she's the best evangelist in the Bible. Abigail was a great example of peace, but she isn't the only one. Rather, we just hope you take the time to look with us at a few people that we can hopefully learn from.
Also, make sure to check out our other articles where we talk about the awards, goals, and recognition we should be working toward.
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"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."