In life, it’s nice to win. Frankly, it feels great! Winning builds confidence, inspires hope through the victory and challenges you to reach higher and go further. Today, I want to encourage you to “run to win.” The Bible says it rains on the just and the unjust so we know that test and trials will come and go. The Bible teaches us about valley experiences and mountain tops experiences. However, when you live long enough, you learn in life, victory is not a respecter of persons; it’s available to all. It’s up to us to go after it.
I encourage you today to run your race to win. There is a saying “the sky is the limit.” Others say “your mind is the limit.” Jesus said, “I have come that you may have life and have it more abundantly.” (I Corinthians 9:24) If it is his will for us to win in life, it’s equally our responsibility to prepare to win. What is your state of mind, your will and your emotions? You may have dealt with loss, but I encourage you today not to quit. There is not a disappointment Jesus cannot heal. Don’t settle for approaching life to obtain mediocre results.
When an athlete trains, their regimen is specific to enhance skills and win. Just as training has specific regimen’s, “running to win” has specific attributes. When you run to win, you are not preparing to lose nor fold under the pressure. For the pessimist, even if you do not win, the key is in the preparation; you prepare to win. You prepare for success. You prepare for greatness.
Every morning take a scripture and quote it. Believe it. Rehearse it. Live it. In life, you will either stand out or fit in. Stand out. Be different. Stand out by “running to win.” In the Bible, there was a man by the name of Jonah. God had commissioned him for the win. Instead of running to win, he ran away from God. The storm and isolation he encountered was a result of his decision to say no. Running to win is saying yes, I will go for it. Past disappointments can impact our thought life and damper our faith to believe God for the best, to believe God for the wins. However, I want you to know today, that just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God’s ways higher than your ways and his thoughts higher than your thoughts and his plans higher than your plans. God wants to prosper you and rejoices as you make advances.
What should you be running after today? Are you training to win or lose? God has made you more than a conqueror. His design for your life is to win. There may be loss, hurt and pain along the journey but his will is that you heal and recover all. His design is for you to go forward and not backwards. Today, let go of the frustration, turn the page on rejection, and say to yourself, “I am going to run to win.” You are loved, appreciated, appointed, anointed, full of God’s wisdom, and understanding, skilled, victorious and winning in life.
Pastor Mark Brown
Faith City Church