And the Winner is!

Although I rarely watch movie award shows I am aware of the phrase that precedes the giving away of a particular award, for Best Actor and Best Movie etc.  And the winner is… I like what Vince Lombardi the famous coach of the Green Bay packers pro football team said; Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Winning becomes a habit as we learn to take the right steps towards our life goals. Winning always starts in our thinking and becomes a state of mind. It spreads with such radiance and such affirmations that our destiny can do nothing but obey. We are the ultimate winners through the resurrection of Jesus Christ but what does that look like on a daily basis? Are we appropriating all that He has won for us at Calvary or are we settling for an “average Joe” relationship with Jesus? Average Joe Christianity is just so, let me think about it … average, common, everyday, garden-variety, humdrum, ordinary, and run of the mill to list just a few descriptors. For a season I settled for an ‘average Joe’ lifestyle. In fact Joe became my best friend as I over thought all my issues and under thought His miraculous grace and power to lift me out of my mediocrity. Fortunately the Lord reminded me that we are in a winning season but I often speak with Christians who seem to be oblivious to this great truth. As I read 2 Tim 2:5 (NET) which says; if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules the Lord let me know that folks who don’t get in the game can never be crowned winners. There’s just one rule and that’s to quit being a spectator and to get in the game. Get off the sidelines and get in the game, you gotta love to compete! A line from John Fogerty’s song ‘Put me in Coach’ says …we’re born again, there’s new grass on the field, a-roundin’ third and headed home. The chorus of course is ‘put me in coach I’m ready to play’.  I live and get energy from being in the game and staying in this game of life. There are bumps and bruises in  every football game so get in the game and get some grass stain and dirt on your uniform. It will prove you’ve been in the game. Give away the kingdom of God today which is righteousness, peace and joy and you will be a winner every time! And the winner is…

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