God’s Word for Today: Loser. The only way to truly address winner’s week is to also bring up the undesirable opposite. In all competitions, you have a winner, and you have a loser. Loser is such a harsh word. I don’t like using it. I don’t like referring to anything or anyone as being a loser. But, if you are going to compete, sooner or later, you will fall into the loser category.
Losing hurts. When you put everything you have into something. When you give it your all, and still lose, that is tough. You try to cling on to the little quips and sayings that are supposed to alleviate the pain. But, when it comes down to it, losing is tough.
One of the famous quotes grabbed onto when loser is in your corner is, “The only way to learn how to get better is by losing. If you were to win all the time, you would never learn.” Well, sometimes the learning process seems to take like, forever. I would prefer to win and let someone else tell me what they learned by losing. Of course, I probably wouldn’t listen because the advice was coming from a loser and I myself am a winner. I am too good to have to listen to losers. If that is the mentality of a winner, then aren’t they already a loser?
Ephesians 2:1-5. As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.
A lot of Scripture to read for one little post. There is a lot being said here though. If one tried to shorten it, you would lose the meaning of the Scripture as a whole. I encourage you to look up and read all of Ephesians 2 for today.
Back to losing. Often, GWFT talks about not a single one of use having the right to judge others. So how will we ever be able to address losing? Pretty simple. I can address the biggest loser I know. Me.
I would hate to count the times in my life when I have been a loser. I am not talking about anything sports related or competition type achievements. I am talking about being a loser in my life. I am not being harsh. I am talking reality. I know I have been a loser. I am still viewed by many as being a loser. I will forever be viewed by some as being a loser. It might be a good idea for me to preorder my headstone with the inscription I want it to read, so someone can’t sneak the word “loser” on their somewhere.
Do I view myself as a loser? Well, no. I know that I have been a loser. I know that ever since childhood, I have always wanted to be a winner, and stay a winner, but for some reason, I prefer to jump off that winner’s pedestal and take one the label of loser. I don’t want to. I can’t say that becoming a loser has been by accident or misfortune. No, I have intentionally chose that path. Something of this world seemed so much more appealing than what I already had. I think maybe it came down to the thought that as a winner, I could maintain that level and yet still grab everything else of this world that I desired. Boy, was I wrong.
Today, know that God has a different plan. He knew that the original way to seek Him made it impossible to be a winner. Try as one might, sacrifices and strict adherence to all laws was impossible for imperfect man. So, God fixed that. Jesus came to this world and took on all the pain, suffering, and death for us losers so we had a way to win. Through Jesus resurrection, no matter how far down you have found yourself on the loser’s bracket, you can still be a winner. All you have to do is look up………………….
My dearest Heavenly Father, winner of all things, today I pray for your Grace. Forgive me for the choices I have made that take me away from your winner’s circle. I want to win Lord. This losing thing is not good. I know it is not good for me. I know that it had not been good for others. I know Lord that you and only you through Christ are the way I can win. Help me today to win. And Lord, please come back tomorrow so I can win that day too. In Jesus winning name I pray. Amen.