You were born to win!
That’s the latest catch-phase that every religion seems to be talking about. You were born to win. If you believe in Jesus, He will give you everything you need. Speak, and your words have power to make it happen. The power of positive thinking.
While it is super encouraging to hear those positive words and many of them are indeed from the Bible, I wonder if we are moving far away from the truth as quickly as we can.
Back in the days, as a little girl, I thought my purpose in life was to please God. And in return, God would do everything for my best. If I did not get a dress that I prayed for, it was (in my mind) because God probably was going to give me a better dress than the one I prayed for. As a teen, when I did not get a prize that I was dreaming and aiming for all my life, I thought it was probably because God knew that giving me that prize would somehow take me away from God. As a young adult, when I did not get the appreciation I thought I deserved, it was because God was going to use my experience to bring many people to God.
And now as an adult, when the one thing I wanted most all my life was given and taken away, I searched for a reason. The purpose of why I had to go through such an ordeal. What could God possibly get out of my situation? It hurt bad. It disappointed me. It broke me completely. Somehow, all the ‘it must be for my good’ , ‘God is going to give me better things’ explanations did not make sense. It just did not make sense.
How can death be explained as a good thing in any way? How can cancer be explained as ‘better things await’? How can ‘God is a loving God’ be explained when bad things happen?
Maybe, just maybe, we got it all wrong.
I believe that yes, we are more than conquerors in Jesus Christ. I believe that the battle has already been won. I believe that all things work together for my good. And more than that, I believe that the reason I was made, is to bring glory to God.
As humans, we define win as ‘something that we expect to happen, happens’. But is that how God defines a win? If the very purpose of my life is to glorify God in every circumstance, then in what ever situation I am in, I got to bring glory to God. And that would be a win in God’s eyes.
When I am faced with death of a loved one, I go though my pain depending on God and that glorifies God.That’s a win. When I am faced with sickness, I do life, praising God for what I do have. That’s a win. When I am out of money, I live everyday trusting God to lead me. That’s a win. When what I am disappointed, I cry out to God. That’s a win.
So you see, we are winners even when bad things happen to us. Cause we choose to glorify God. Having a big house, lots of money and good health cannot be a win in God’s eyes. How then can we, define win as just that? How then can we expect only good things to happen to us ?
That is why, this is what I believe. In every circumstance, whether good or bad, I choose to bring glory to God. For I was created for that very purpose. And that’s a win.