Fighting to Win

I’m a girlie girl. So that may seem to confirm the old adage that I don’t like sports. Well, the truth is that I love the “idea” of sports, but cringe at the necessary battle that wages for victory. I like the outcome of a sports match, but can barely watch the game.

If I am ever routing for a specific team and they are losing by a small margin, my stomach is in knots and I can scarcely watch. The full truth be told, I’d rather not watch at all and just have someone tell me the outcome.

What I’ve learned is that this is often the way I approach life. How astonishing to look back over my life and realize that I constantly choked when situations in my life were close calls. I shudder to think of all the victories I probably let slip by because I simply didn’t fight all the way through.

I let fear and intimidation cheat me out of so many blessings because I wouldn’t fight until the finish. Oh, I’d start a great battle. As long as I was on top and winning, things would be fine. But the minute I began to lose and it “appeared” that I wouldn’t or couldn’t regain a winning edge, I’d shrink and disappear from the battle.

How many victories have you also forfeited? It is the enemy’s strategy to make us think that we cannot be victorious in battle. He works his strategy so wonderfully that often he doesn’t even have to fight at all.

Why? Because we give up so easily. If God doesn’t drop our miracle from the sky, if He doesn’t show up in our timetable, if His answer doesn’t look like our request, we retreat. Our retreat leaves the “spoils,” our blessings on the table for someone else.

I cringe when I think that someone else may be walking around with the blessings I forfeited. I hurts my heart to imagine that I could have more and be more if I had dug my heels in a little deeper and with faith and hope… kept fighting.

While I know that’s water under the bridge, it helps me to focus more in my present and for my future. I now cease to retreat in the face of a great battle. I know that if I don’t give up, if I don’t give in, I am destined to win.

Fight on my sisters and brothers. Victory is yours. Please don’t give it away.

20 Comments to “Fighting to Win”

  1. Cheryl,

    Thanks for the reminder of how important it is to stay to the finish. It’s great to know that God is there in it with us. That he will finish the race right alongside us and he is our cheering section.

  2. You’re blessed in being given the vision to see where you let fear and intimidation take a blessing from you. You are a blessing to in the fact that you share your experience openly with others to insure that they learn from your experience and hopefully won’t allow the same to happen in their lives.

    • Thanks Kim! Often God will use our lives to be a blessing to others. Glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Good word for those of us who are in transition. It is easy to hear the negative talk and forget the words God has whispered in your spirit. Thanks

    • Glad you enjoyed it. It’s God’s reminder to us all to never give up!

  4. You said: Our retreat leaves the “spoils,” our blessings on the table for someone else.

    That’s a great “ponder” statement.Thanks for that reminder, Cheryl Thomas. God has SO MUCH MORE for us than our puny minds can imagine. Great post.

  5. Great post! I can’t agree more. I need to continue when the going gets tough.

    • Absolutely Arleen! A great mentor once said, “You will win if you don’t quit!”

  6. Perfect timing for me Cheryl! A recent wave of doubts has me second guessing some things. God is using your post among other things to overcome them

    • Awesome Matthew! I’ve got my ear to His mouth like never before and I’m blessed by His presence and peace. Happy to be able to share the words of peace He provides with others when my faith wavers.

  7. Hi Cheryl,

    What a great reminder of the necessity of perseverance. It’s definitely one of my weak points and it’s good to be reminded of the rewards that come when we push through.

    • Thanks Kim. We’re helpers one of another. Glad the post blessed you!

  8. I love it. I really needed to read this in this moment of my life…..I feel so blessed to have friends like you….

    • Thanks Marion. I’m so glad it blessed you. It’s a blessing to have you as a friend as well. We’re here to help each other. =)

  9. Thanks for always challenging me to go further, push harder, and reach for more.

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