Let me just put this out there:
I love to win.
I always have, and I imagine I always will.
Ask my family. They’ll tell you I can be just a bit competitive. My son, just the other day, called me out on my competitiveness at his girlfriend’s volleyball game. He was right. It was a bit much.
I apologized… and repented.
I can easily let winning get the best of me. It’s a flaw I continually work to keep in check. If you’ve ever been on a winning team, you know the exhilaration that can follow victory.
In high school I was a short-distance runner, a high jumper, and a hurdler in track. I have many a medal from those track meets of long ago, and even though it was fun to bring those home, now they just sit in a box, tucked into a big storage box. (Yes, I still have them.) But what I remember the most is the feeling of being victorious.
victorious :: triumphant; conquering; winning
I still enjoy running, even though my track days are long gone. I’d hurt myself if I tried hurdling today.
But, the reality is, we don’t have to be on a sports team, or a debate team, or participating in any sort of contest to be victorious in life. We already are.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57 NIV
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. 1 John 5:4 ESV
You are victorious.
In this life, we are victorious… not by competing against each other and winning, but by winning against the opponents of our souls, our hearts, our lives. Victorious over temptations, sin, damaging personal habits, lies, deceit, discouragement, death, etc.
And we’re victorious in where we’ll spend eternity.
Not in our own strength or anything we’ve done, but in Jesus’ strength and all He’s done for us.
That’s better than a medal any day.
And when you cross that finish line, get ready to receive the prize…
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25
What a glorious crown it will be!
I’m cheering you on, my victorious friend. Keep going. You’re going to win with Jesus right beside you.
God bless you!
It’s Day 25 of 31 Days of #CelebratingWhoYouAre. Victory is ours! That’s the best news all day. I’m praying you and I can live boldly in that victory! Thank you for spending a few minutes here with me today.
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