Two opposing thoughts come to mind when I see it. On one hand, I don't like it because I don't think we should settle for being "okay." I feel God has placed us on this earth for a purpose and we need to use our God-given abilities to do our best in each situation God deals us. We need to Let Our Light Shine! :)
But on the other hand, I love the t-shirt because in the world's eyes, we will never be "The best...," which is what most t-shirts like this say, right?--"The World's Best Wife...Mom...Dad...Grandparent, etc." In our society these days, we are constantly competing. Competing against our friends, our neighbors, our acquaintances, our families, and even people we don't know. We even a lot of times compete against ourselves; we are sometimes our own worst enemy. Social media obviously plays a huge role in this! With pinterest, seeing other kids' extravagant birthday parties, our friends' beautiful homes, our co-workers' or kids' amazing achievements, how long a friend spent exercising, etc, we are constantly comparing ourselves with others, with worldly things. We need to be okay with being the "okayest" at these things...NOT "the world's best." Instead of comparing ourselves with worldly things, we need to focus on what God wants for us. In my book "Once a Day Every Day...for a Woman of Grace" devotional from Monday, it stated, "Society seeks to mold us into more worldly beings; God seeks to mold us into new beings that are most certainly not conformed to this world...we must conform ourselves instead to God's will. It also has a quote by C.S. Lewis:
"Ambition! We must be careful what we mean by it. If it means the desire to get ahead of other people--which is what I think it does mean--then it is bad. If it simply means wanting to do a thing well, then it is good. It isn't wrong for an actor to want to act his part as well as it can possibly be acted, but the wish to have his name in bigger type than the other actors is a bad one."
I started a new bible study tonight at church; it's called "Breathe" by Priscilla Shirer. For this particular study at our church, it's supposed to be for 18 to 35"ish" year olds, but my 38 year old self went to crash that party tonight! Lol. My friend Yvonne is leading the study and she had previously discussed with Kim, the pastor's wife, something that was totally applicable for me in all this. They were talking about instead of comparing yourself to others/worldly things--even to other Christians (like how much - or how little - one serves in the church or attends a bible study), ask GOD "what do You want me to do in my life...with this, or with that." So true!! Because what He wants with one person, he may want something totally different from His other child(ren).Stop comparing and competing with others AND with yourself! Where does GOD want YOU to SHINE? And where does He need you to cut yourself a little more slack? Listen to Him, not the world!
So there's no need to be "the world's best," but also at the same time don't settle for being "the okayest." :) God wants you to be your best in His eyes. I pray you are able to find peace and enJOYment in this.
May God Bless each of you...in His journey for YOU.