Running has many opportunities for obtaining shiny things. Race medals. I have a small collection of them, and other running stuff, in a dresser drawer of mine. It started as a sock/unmentionables drawer with my first medal in it. It's two years later and I've removed the socks and undies. Running/racing/triathlon has taken it over. Everything from my first 5k race bib to a green wrist band that I adorned for my first, and only, triathlon. In it there are also some non race items. Newspapers, magazines, results books, etc etc.
I don't go into the drawer too often. Nor do I really think about it. My mind always is looking towards the next race.
Early on in my running "career" I thought of doing something to display my medals in my home. Something to motivate me or perhaps a conversation starter when guests come over. I quickly discounted this idea. Isn't that bragging? Or being prideful?
A couple months back we had a Bible study with some friends from our church. We talked about altars. In terms of the Christian faith, I thought of altars as a bad thing. Almost confusing it with idolatry. I thought that it was praising something that we turn into a god. After some good, hearty, discussion I changed my stance. Altars go all the way back to the first book of the Bible.
For example: Gen 12:7 The LORD appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.
Altars were a way of reminding yourself of the amazing things God has done in your life. In the Old Testament there are examples of altars being built, and then revisited later.
Also, isn't being proud of not sharing race accomplishments still pride?
Any altars in your life?