Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Lesson learned from my seven year old son...

Jacob loves to play wii games with Brian.  He loves to defeat his dad.  In their challenge matches they like to talk a lot of "smack."  I overheard Jacob saying recently, with his knack for giving a creative pronunciation to words, "Dad, it is umpossible to beat me." Both guys play the game expecting to win.  Jacob truly believes he can't be beat.

Life lesson:  Believe you are a winner

What if we approached life and ministry with the conviction that we are winners? The Bible plainly tells us in Romans 8:37, “
Overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”  Victory is to be expected when we are allowing Him control of our lives.  But what if our understanding of victory is skewed? 

We like to believe victory is prosperity, plenty, and problem-free living.  But a closer look at Romans 8 tells us, “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?  As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”  (Romans 8:35-37).  These verses indicate our lives will include pain, problems, and persecution.  When we go through difficult times we feel like God doesn’t love us.  But what if the hard times are part of the victory?  Even in the greatest symphonies there are low notes.  I have come to understand that we can praise God for both the lows and the highs.  The Great Conductor is creating a beautiful masterpiece.  He is the lover of our souls.  He has a plan for our lives.  The beauty of the valley is the victory in knowing He never leaves us, and we will overcome!  Just like Jacob, we have to truly believe we can’t be defeated.  No matter what comes our way, when we keep our eyes focused on Him, it is umpossible to beat us! 

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