Answer to Big Brown at Belmont: Lesson in Humility

This past weekend the whole world was shocked as the amazing horse known as Big Brown failed to not only win the Belmont but came in dead last. Obviously pundits are at a loss for such a dismal and mysterious failure. Reasons speculated for the dismal failure range from his hoof injury curtailing training, the lack of steroids having an effect, or simple jockey error. However, each reason if looked into has come up lacking sufficient explanation.
For me the answer is straightforward, pride. The trainer Rick Dutrow JR. was on record prior to the race that the results were a “foregone conclusion.” He intimated that there was no way Big Brown could possibly lose. When I read such a proclamation prior to the race I actually prayed for a loss because the comment reeked of arrogance and pride. It is my firm belief that God directed the horse to not win as a lesson to us all on humility.
God created us with talents and gifts. Some are mightily gifted and on most occasions could easily defeat all comers. However, no matter what gifting, no matter what talent, no matter what superiority, anyone on any day can be defeated. Our talents and gifts are just that, talents and gifts. Victory today can turn into defeat tomorrow.
So next time you notice yourself full of pride over something you have done or accomplished, thank God for giving you the ability. Every good and perfect gift comes from above, and ultimately we are just stewards of the gifts and talents God has bestowed.