What does it mean to be champion?  Alana and I were talking about that the other day.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since then.

First of all, what does it mean when you say somebody is the best?  Take for instance athletes.  We say they are the best when they hoist a championship trophy into the air.  But being competitive or the “best” doesn’t necessarily mean you win.

I googled “best athletes who never won a championship.” It’s a fascinating search!  “Greats” like Charles Barkley, Ted Williams, Ken Griffey Jr., Barry Sanders, Dan Marino – none of them won their sports’ biggest prize.  Yet, when we talk about “the best” in their respective sports, their names inevitably get tossed around.  (You can read the entire list HERE.)

I guess what I’m saying is that maybe being the best just means you do your best. Maybe it means you did great things on and off the field / court / diamond. Maybe it means you lifted others up and made people around you better.  It doesn’t always mean winning trophies or awards or even popularity contests.  Those are my thoughts.  What do you think makes somebody a champion?