Anyone captivated by this current Soccer World Cup and the US success knows this phrase, it is the 2014 slogan that has inspired millions of fans. It began as a cheer 15 years ago led by a male cheerleader at the U.S. Naval Academy and has evolved into a passionate mantra that rivals that of any other nation participating in the Cup.
The key word in this phrase to me is "we".
This indicates that it takes more than one person to win, it takes the team (or individual), the fans and some inspiration to have the will to win. It has worked as a phrase for all those years for many, and now is forever embedded in US Soccer history.
What's even more personal is if we take this into our spiritual life. You can look at it this way for those of us who were at one time very lost and without purpose. The "I" who made all the mistakes, chose all the wrong directions, came to the end of him or herself, has now become "We" because of what happened on the cross.
When we walk with the Lord, we now believe we will win. It says so in the Bible. Even if today you are experiencing some form of loss, it may be just a temporary battle, but you are about to win the war. As always, battle creates pain and suffering, but victory is so sweet, and results in such gain. Oh how sweet it is when we realize that we rode into the winners circle on the shoulders of God Almighty!
Yes indeed, "I Believe That We Will Win" should be our daily affirmation because we are more than conquerors over addiction, pain and suffering, we are members of the elite dream team in the eyes of the Lord. Our goal every day should be to reflect the image of a winner because defeat is only a temporary step to an ultimate victory.
Yes, the US lost yeserday. but did you notice how they played in the last few minutes? They came from behind, narrowly missing winning the match, scaring the Belgians with a never say die attitude. And now suddenly this country is now Soccer nuts.
Just imagine how we could change the world if we carried that same "I Believe We Will Win" attitude into spreading the message of hope and recovery into our community and families? Maybe that's how the apostles felt after receiving the Holy Spirit and power?
Do you believe? If you do, God can do some awesome and amazing things through you!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.