,I am sure there are very few folks in this world who wake up with a desire to lose at anything they do. Most of us are looking forward to a new adventure, new challenge, a new opportunity to do something great somewhere, some way.
Yet in the world that I live in, I see people making choices that are destroying themselves and many folks around them. Possibly you too are living in that same world, you just don't know it. After all, the addicts are not all in the halfway houses, many are in our own houses, many in the houses of higher office, many in churches and church offices. It has become a quiet epidemic.
Living To Win means we pay attention to a most valuable verse in 1 Corinthians 9: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. We know we cannot possibly run every day to max effort or we will crash and burn very soon. But we can run toward doing good to ourselves and away from destruction. The prize from that is that every day we are Living To Win and not living to lose our families, jobs and sanity.
The real prize is waking up every day and letting God lead our way toward success feeling that he truly walks and talks with us throughout that day. He is the power that can restore us and any of our neighbors to sanity. In this crazy world of instants we must look beyond the immediate fix to a long term goal to win, and set aside those things that drag us down on the way.
Jesus himself was the author of Living To Win because he made a public spectacle of all the things we ever have done and ever will do wrong on an old wooden cross just so we would have a clear path to the finish line. Can we see it ,or is our vision blurred by the instant fix?
Run, my friend, run in such a way as to get the prize!
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.