If you are a fan of baseball, then you know that the Los Angeles Dodgers are playing the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. If you love baseball like I do, then you would agree that it is exciting to see these two teams battling it out on the biggest stage in baseball for the coveted championship title—to win the right to be called the best team in baseball. After it is all said and done, only one team will come out as the ultimate winner—and one team the loser. I want the Dodgers to win soooo bad! In fact, it has been 30 years since the Dodgers have won the World Series title.
But, as I sit here and enjoy the game, I am compelled to think about how much emphasis in life we put on “winning.” Not just within the context of a sports game, but in everything we do; whether it is school, work, or play—we as a society have become obsessed with the idea of winning. I suppose, it is just the nature of the age in which we live—being self-absorbed with ourselves and our egos.
And there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the best.
In fact, there is nothing wrong with wanting to win BUT
It is possible to be overemphatic with winning to the point that we actually lose.
In fact, losing helps us to identify areas of growth. To lose, helps us distinguish the areas that we can improve. Ultimately, when we fail with disappointment, we often miss the objective.
The bible speaks about “loss” in the context of death.
Imagine this, Jesus was an innocent man, yet still convicted by Jewish heretics of violating Old Testament Law. Jesus was convicted and then suffered the ultimate punishment of death—yet he was innocent.
Do you know how Jesus responded to this wrongful conviction?
He accepted His fate and the will of the Father.
Now, we are not Jesus, but it is safe to apply Biblical principle to our lives in the context of sacrifice.
The bible says that “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). In other words, if we believe in the word of God—then we must believe that there will be times in our lives that we lose with a distinct purpose.
If we believe in the word, we must choose this perspective—and die to the impulse to always win. In fact, instead of sulking in “the loss,” we should strive to embrace the failures in our lives.
When we are able to do that, we avoid the pain of trying to understand this world with our physical minds—and we are blessed with seeing the sovereign hand of God over our lives.
I accept the losses in this season in my life.
Because I know that God is in control.
While my tendency is to fight for a win, we must learn to gracefully bow out of a situation with the loss—because maybe it’s how we win.
And Go Dodgers.