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The Winning Side of Losing

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Have you ever had a day when you seem to lose everything? You’re getting ready for work, and you can’t find your keys or cell phone. In a desperate attempt to draw out the thief, you cry out, “Who took my keys!”

We experience loss every day? We may lose opportunities, money, or even valuable time. When that happens, we may feel out of control and lament our momentary defeat.

But in the midst of loss, there’s a winning side. Challenges can remind us to separate our outer world from our inner world. No matter what happens to us, our loss will never exhaust our gain in Christ. Our growing relationship with Jesus Christ is the winning side of losing.

“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ…”

Philippians 3:7-8 New American Standard Bible

 

Fleeting Seasons

Youthfulness is fleeting. Hmmm, couldn’t I just lose some body fat and become a lean, mean grandma machine?

Life has fleeting seasons. I remember when my daughter graduated and moved into her first, overpriced apartment.  I didn’t realize how much I would miss her flip-flops, drink containers, and makeup accessories scattered around the house. It was a loss, but a healthy change for her.

It’s easier to accept a loss when we see growth on the horizon. There is, however, something we can’t afford to lose—hope.

Hope is holding on to God’s promises, standing firm on God’s truth, and moving forward with God’s peace.

We may lose cherished seasons of life because of change, but when we have hope, we can bounce back and become resilient. Hope is the winning side of losing.

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.”

2 Corinthians 4:16 NASB

 

Mistakes Covered by Grace

We are imperfect people trying to live God’s perfect plan. Sometimes, we stumble. Other times we lose our way. God, however, can see beyond our setbacks. He knows our potential and our purpose. He will intentionally and passionately pursue us.

If you find yourself in a dark place, mercy calls. God will go out of His way to bring you back because He loves you. Your devastation can be an opportunity for Godly restoration—a new beginning. You’ll never lose God’s redeeming love. Redemption is the winning side of losing.

“What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?”

Luke 15:4 NASB

 

The Winning Side of Losing

The next time, someone steals your parking space or takes advantage of you in a sales transaction, just remember, there’s a winning side to losing. You are in a growing relationship with Christ where hope abides, and redemption prevails.

You’ll begin to respond from a place of abundance instead of reacting from a place of scarcity. Then you can say, with a flare of King James vernacular, I “count [it] but rubbish so that I may gain Christ” and I’m “being renewed day by day!”

 

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Marisa Shadrick

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References

New American Standard Bible: 1995 update. (1995). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

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