“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Who/What Determines a Winner?”
By Toi Allen
Today we will ponder the idea of what a winner looks like in the eye of the athlete. Even though some may or may not have natural athletic ability it is so important for an athlete to work hard and develop the gift of ability.
I know a woman who was answering a call to use her natural ability to pray for a young man who was struggling in his natural ability. He wanted to quit. In her testimony she shares how during her prayer time she could literally see the atmosphere shift.
Feeling as though she had reached her goal; within her prayer time she opened the door to leave and fell and broke her leg. She shared that after the fall she was in so much pain that she didn’t even feel the pain. She entered in and out of consciousness.
Her body did exactly what it needed to do; her body pushed through to the next state; a place of peace. Her body naturally pressed towards the mark and reached the goal of peace.
In Phillipians 3:14; The apostle Paul gives us a key and tells us to always press towards your mark and reach for your prize; a desired end result. The end result of this testimony is that no one quit. The lady and the young man both reached their expected end. A place of peace. They both were winners. No doubt that the thoughts the Lord knew towards them opened a door for them to reach their expected end.
Most athletes want to reach the goal of winning. Who determines what a winner looks like? To answer this question we should look at the goal. The goal determines the win. In a lot of circles the win is defined as the one who has the most. To define a win one should consider their thought process. We should know that the best performance someone is capable of is connected to how they think. “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
Good sportsmanship, good attitude and good performance are all recipes to learning good habits. This recipe when properly prepared makes a wonderful meal. Guess what? When all goals are focused on their part and function as a team member; then the win/win situation is achieved.
In other words if the goal is to reach 10 points in a game and you reach the 10 points but the overall game there weren’t enough points earned to say we won the game, but the 10 point goal was achieved. Would you say that this could be a recipe for a win/win situation? I would say yes. Why? Because everyone went home feeling as though they accomplished something. Who knows maybe the team we played on that day all had a small goal set for themselves individually. Instead of focusing on the big win; everyone focused on their own individual goal. Bringing all of the fulfilled goals together would constitute as all performing at their best and reaching their goals.
Know that the best performance someone is capable of is connected to their thought process. If we all pray and ask the Sovereign God to line our thoughts up with his thoughts then we all can achieve our goals of reaching towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus and the win/win situation will be accomplished.
(Strange how no one ever seems to understand the context of Jeremiah 29;11, and rather misapplies it to personal application) - The context is that in judgment, Elohim is about to send His people into the Babylonian captivity, where they will be under that judgment for 70 years, and those who refuse to go will die through famine, pestilence and the sword. His promise in vs 11 is not so much to the ones who are about to go into the captivity, (for surely most of them will die there in Babylon of old age if nothing else), but rather is a general promise for the continued existence of the Jews and the nation of Israel in the future, and specifically for the Millennial Kingdom at the end of the Tribulation. - Jer 29;11 is most certainly NOT meant to be some New Testament 'guarantee of greatness' for Christians.
Christianity at large has become an errant ground of worldly philosophies and stages for 'stardom', yet it is not high-performance, positive -thinking goals and success that we who are in Christ are called to..... WE ARE CALLED TO THE CROSS! - (PHIL 2 - 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.)