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Learning to Lose

23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.   Acts 14:23 (NIV)

The goal in sports is to win.  But one of the most important lessons you learn as an athlete is how to lose.  Because, unless you are Lance Armstrong, you are bound to lose some.  If you don’t know how to lose and move past it quickly, that loss soon becomes two, then three, then…well, just ask the Cowboys.

So my team lost last night…big time.  What to do?  First thing I noticed this morning (actually, my beautiful wife reminded me) was that the sun DID come up after all.  And then the Holy Spirit reminded me that God is faithful and His mercies are new every morning (Lam. 3:23).  And then I saw my wife, son, and daughter off to school and I remembered what’s MOST important in my life.  Life is good.

Then I thought of some other things that cheered me up, too:

  • Ohio is irrelevant again!
  • My liberal friends on Facebook will eventually leave me alone.
  • No more political ads for a while.
  • Romney didn’t kill Big Bird.
  • I live in Texas.

All good news…but here’s the great news.  No matter who is in the White House – my guy or the other guy – God is on the throne of the universe.

So be of good cheer.  Though we will have trials in the world, Jesus has overcome the world (John 16:33)  He said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me (John 14:1, NIV).

Put your trust in Him…He will not let you down.  I commit you to Him.

Pastor Jim

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