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Summary: Winning is the modern goal, count my trophies and you will see how good I am?

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What is winning?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

TEXT:

Matthew 19: 30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Jude 1:22 And some have compassion, making a difference:

Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves.

I ponder, do I make a difference? Do you?

I have been looking at my trophies, I have very few.

Let me tell a story about one trophy some young boys gave to me.

Let’s ponder... WHAT IS WINNING? Who is winning? What are we winning? Why do we think we have to win?

As I pondered all of theses questions, I am not sure I understand winning in the light of eternity.

Many years ago, I drove a group of young people to a religious state wide basketball tournament. The team I drove was not from my church, we were to small to take part.

I drove a neighboring church’s young men, as their pastor was not available. The team I drove was a very good team.

We watched the tourney develop and saw several weak teams eliminated. One of the super church’s team was having difficulty against another team. The Pastor was coach and player.

The hired referees (from high school level) call the game. Some calls, I will admit, were questionable. The Pastor had a technical foul called on him, for in great anger the Pastor told the referee some mean things.

In great fear the referees returned to the game. There was another call, the Pastor reacted in great anger and caused a scene, another "T," technical foul, was called against the Pastor/Coach/Player.

The Pastor’s team was losing, time was running out, when the third technical foul was called on the Pastor and he was asked to leave the gym.

I cried. I ponder, what have we taught these young men from all over this state? Later the Pastor calmed down and quietly came and apologized to the referees. But few saw this, and the damage had already occurred. The Pastor lost a lot more than just a ball game?

Well, I drove home with a trophy. As the boys I had driven were receiving their trophies, one of them said the Pastor that drove us here deserves a trophy. They carried the trophy to me. I still have the little trophy in my empty trophy case, but the lesson I recall of the trophy was not winning, but being a poor sport.

Some say: "It does matter if you win or lose, until you lose!"

My heart knows winners can be losers, losers can be winners. Ponder this lesson of Shay. Writer unknown.

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves learning-disabled children, the father of one of the school’s students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he offered a question. "Everything God does is done with perfection. Yet, my son, Shay, cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as the children do. Where is God’s plan reflected in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. "I believe," the father answered, "that when God brings a child like Shay into the world, an opportunity to realize the Divine Plan presents itself. And it comes in the way people treat that child."


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