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Pastor's View: Try winning for eternity by Kelly Lineberry

— There are individuals, high schools, colleges and professional sports teams who habitually win. They have learned how to win in various situations and conditions. They have learned how to take their talent and knowledge and make it produce winning results. Others seem to win occasionally but haven’t been able to reproduce the winning mojo habitually. Those are the kinds of sports teams I have been on.

It is one thing to win in sports. It feels good to win. If you win enough you can get a lot of attention and even earn a lot of money; but it an entirely different thing to win in life.

It seems there are some people who win early but end up not doing so good later. There are others who are invisible early or even have negative results early but end up winning later. I love seeing people win. I love it when people do well, make great decisions, get great results, are happy, make others happy, and make the world a better place. This topic reminds me of the Wide World Of Sports intro describing the “Thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!”

Winning is awesome. Losing is agonizing. We need to learn how to win in various season, situations and conditions in life too. Our thoughts, actions, habits, values, world view, reactions and goals produce our life. God wants to heal and set free all who are losing or have experienced big losses in life. He wants to restore us, renew us, rebuild our life and give us new thoughts, new goals, new hope and new strength to win.

Yes Jesus wants us all to have eternal life and habitually win for all eternity. Yet He also wants us to win now. In John 10:10 Jesus declares that He came to give us life and an abundant life. Jesus has the wisdom, truth and power to make us habitual winners. Losing too much makes us habitual whiners. Be a habitual winner. There is victory in Jesus!

Kelly Lineberry is pastor of the The Life Center in Kamiah.


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