This is the last of my posts flowing from my comments on the French Open tennis last Friday. Today I want to focus on how we compete and how we respond to the outcome.
Compete with all your might. Spectators scorn when they know that one of the competitors in the match is not trying. They honour those who give their all. And so it is with us. God honours those who give their all in seeking to serve Him. So we read at the end of 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain. We should not be half hearted in living for God. Peter urges his readers to Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance (1 Pet. 1:13-14)
Win with humility remember that you could not achieve anything without the workings and the gifting of the Lord. For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? ( 1 Cor. 4:7).
Lose with dignity Don’t go off in a huff when you fail to get your own way. When people are persuaded by the argument of others and not your argument don’t go off and sulk. It is better to be godly than to get your own way. And if the way chosen was not yours and all turns out badly don’t gloat with ” I told you so”. Learn to lose with dignity. Our conduct is more important than our success.
So compete hard, win humbly and lose with dignity.