How do you calculate what a win and loss is? If you think about it- we all have a different perspective on a win and a loss. Every generation seems to look at this differently. My mom and dads generation never got “participation awards” and they never had “cry rooms” in their school. Both of my parents worked really hard and often didn’t get rewarded for it. So is having awards and coddling a healthy thing for the learning and growth process?
I’d like to think that we can take pieces from every generation and learn from each other. I think it’s even better when we look at how the Bible teaches us about how to win and lose in a healthy way.
What Is A Win?
The apostle Paul talks about running the race in order to receive a prize. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 he says “Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way as to take the prize. Everyone who competes in the games trains with strict discipline. They do if for a crown that is perishable, but we do it for a crown that is imperishable.”
A win means we get the prize. We not only get the satisfaction of a job well done but we get honored with a prize.
In this life, that may mean a trophy with our name on it. But in eternity it means so much more. This life is temporary but our life eternally with God will be so much more. Therefore, thinking about what a win from Gods perspective is the greatest. .
Where Do We Start?
Know Your Purpose
Why are you seeking to win? When we dig deep, it allows us to see what is at the core of why we do what we do. Is it self-seeking? Is it people pleasing? Or is it to love God and make a difference? Having purpose will give you the drive to do the work. It will remind you along the way when things get hard.
Make Intentional Plans
When we seek out to win the prize, we make intentional plans. This means that we strategize ways we can get better, in order to win the prize. Seek out help and accountability by those who have won. It will give you the wisdom you need to make a plan of action. In addition, asking questions along the way will help you strategize your plan.
I can remember when I first started making plans for my blog. I had no clue what I was doing. I researched, asked lots of questions and practiced till I got it right. I’m still in the process of getting it right but that comes with practice and lots of patience.
Why Is It Important To Always Follow Through?
If we want to win the prize, we need to follow through. This is called being consistently disciplined. We do things we don’t always want to do for the sake of the win. Following through creates a piece of our identity.
Hal Elrod in his book “The miracle morning” says “Every time you choose to do the easy thing,instead of the right thing, you are shaping your identity, becoming the type person who does what’s easy, rather than what’s right.” When we follow through we win and others win with us.
How Do We Lose Our Soul?
The soul consists of the mind, will and emotions. You have a soul and it influences how you think and live out your life. In Matthew 16:24-26 we are reminded how important our soul is. Jesus says to his disciples “If any of you would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?
This verse gives us a deep picture. It reminds us that who we are and what we do with ourselves should be taken seriously and with much thought. Our soul should be protected from evil and should be trusted to a good God who has the absolute best for us. Power, fame, money are temporary. Pure love, faithfulness, and truth are forever. You can’t take them when you leave the earth. That should open your eyes to see what really matters in life.
Take Steps To Feed Your Soul
Meditate on what is good. Read your Bible. Talk to God. Call up a friend and have a life giving conversation. Volunteer your time to serve someone in need. Take care of the the body God gave you by going running or eating healthy. Live a life that honors God and leads to eternal life.