May 02, 2017
Everyone wants to win. When we do, we feel triumphant, successful, on top of the world, and like God’s on our side. But what about when we don’t? What does our faith say about that?

The number one thing to remember is that God is ALWAYS on your side. If you constantly succeeded, you wouldn’t learn humility. You wouldn’t learn empathy with the defeated. It would be so much harder to live as God wants you to live, with love for your neighbor (and opponent), if you never experienced what it’s like to not come out on top.

God doesn’t let us win all the time because He wants us to become full human beings. One of the blessings of our faith is being able to grow in it -- we can see how we change and improve (and sometimes fall down) -- throughout our lifetimes. Think about the most spoiled kid you know. Are they spoiled because they’ve been told no? Or because it’s been a constant yes to everything they want? Every time you lose a game, think about how this is giving you an opportunity to become the person God wants you to be.

And what does the Bible say about all this? For starters, 1 John 5:4:“ For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

You have already triumphed in the most important way possible: with your faith. You have conquered sin and death through Christ’s example. So what if you lose a game! You are keeping your eye on the prize for which God has called you heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14).

When you lose a game, look at what we did right, and learn from what you did wrong. God has given you that opportunity to grow, because He loves you. The most caring parents know to say no sometimes, and God cares beyond our wildest imaginations. So lean into that defeat! To God be the glory forever.