Lorsque Winners Ressemblez Losers

Qu'est-ce que les gagnants ressemblent? Sont-ils grands ou petits? Noir ou blanc? Forte ou faible? Je suppose que cela dépend de ce que nous entendons par “gagnant.”

Je suis aspiré dans l'histoire d'un gagnant ce mois passé comme lu une longue, mais biographie engagement de Michael Jordan. Le compte rendu détaillé m'a rappelé pourquoi l'obsession de beaucoup de gens avec lui confine au culte du héros. Beaucoup de choses peuvent être dit à propos de “His airness” mais personne ne pourrait jamais prétendre qu'il est pas un gagnant. Est-ce qu'il ressemble à un gagnant avant qu'il ait obtenu toutes les bagues de championnat, bien que?

En lisant le livre, il semblait clair de son enfance qu'il serait un champion. Que ce fut son jeu exceptionnel comme un petit pichet de ligue ou en tant que joueur de basket-ball universitaire junior; sa poussée de croissance de lycée ou son jeu gagnant tiré au cours de sa première année avec UNC.

Au moment où je suis arrivé aux chapitres sur ses championnats comme Bull Chicago, il n'y avait pas de surprises. L'auteur a raconté son histoire d'une manière qui a clairement: Jordan est né pour être un gagnant. Et voilà ce que nous le connaissons pour: remportant six bagues de championnat, cinq MVP, et 14 Toutes les apparences étoiles (sans parler de son règne incontesté dans le jeu de chaussures de sport).

Ce genre de règne incontesté est ce qui vient habituellement à l'esprit en premier lorsque nous pensons “gagnant.” Mais je veux que nous laissons place à un autre type de gagnant. Le genre de gagnant qui n'a pas tous les ingrédients d'un champion. Le genre de vainqueur dont les faiblesses sont plus remarquable que ses forces. Le genre de gagnant qui ressemble plus à un perdant parfois.

Conquise, mais Conquérir

Je vais être honnête avec vous. Les deux dernières années ont été incroyables à bien des égards, mais ils ont aussi été assez difficile. J'ai apprécié un mariage solide et le début de deux petites vies. J'ai l'expérience de la joie de Minsitry pastorale dans une église saine. Mais j'ai aussi été en proie à la faiblesse. Il est difficile pour les étrangers de dire parfois parce que je semble faire beaucoup de bonnes choses. Mais si seulement vous pouviez voir un peu plus près.

J'ai syndrome de fatigue chronique. je connais, Je ne l'avais jamais entendu parler avant soit. Peut-être que la raison pour laquelle quand il m'a frappé, il se sentait plus comme un coup de poing de pompage à un combat organisé. Au début, il vraiment handicapé moi- je n'étais éveillé pendant six heures par jour, et épuisés pour les dix-huit autres. Au cours de l'année prochaine, il ne se améliore, mais il m'a toujours laissé une coquille de ce que je l'habitude d'être. J'ai vécu les sept dernières années, avec une fatigue neverending. Honnêtement, je ne me souviens la dernière fois que je me sentais rested- comme ma batterie est morte, mais jamais rechargées.

L'énergie est comme le carburant que les pouvoirs tous les domaines de notre vie. Nous en avons besoin pour chaque tâche, toutes les conversations, chaque pensée. Et lorsque ce carburant est bas, tout souffre. Pour certaines raisons, mon corps ne me laisse pas ravitailler. Au lieu de mon réservoir s'attarde juste au-dessus “E,” et je tente de le faire à travers. Il a laissé me boitant à travers tous les domaines de ma vie.

Je vous dis tout cela, pas pour votre sympathie, mais pour contester la façon dont vous pensez. Certains peuvent regarder les échéances manquées, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, et pense, “homme, ce mec est en train de perdre en ce moment.” Il se sent sûr comme perdre quand je dois changer mes plans de vie encore une fois ou dire à mon fils, “Papa trop fatigué pour jouer en ce moment.” Je mentirais si je disais que ce n'était pas décourager et d'essayer. Encore, Je réclame toujours ma douce victoire.

Non, Je ne suis pas le genre fort surhumaine de gagnant; Je suis en fait assez faible. Je suis un autre type de gagnant. Et je pense que beaucoup d'entre vous sont trop.

Un autre type de gagnant

J'ai la victoire, mais pas parce que ma force a obtenu ce. Ma victoire arrive malgré mes faiblesses, même mes péchés. Je ne suis pas le vainqueur qui a vaincu les ennemis et assuré la victoire; Je viens de recevoir ce vraiment. J'ai la victoire en Jésus.

Paul l'exprime ainsi dans Romains:

Comme il est écrit, "A cause de toi, nous sommes à mort tout le long de la journée; nous sommes considérés comme des moutons à abattre. "Non, dans toutes ces choses nous sommes plus que vainqueurs par celui qui nous a aimés” (Romains 8:36-37).

Paul cite le Psaume 44, où le psalmiste crie pour l'aide de Dieu au milieu du procès. Et Paul utilise ce verset pour faire valoir son point que rien ne peut défaire ce que Dieu a fait pour nous dans le Christ.

Une des choses les plus frappantes est que après avoir mentionné des choses terribles: être tué, être abattus, Paul dit même dans les choses que nous sommes vainqueurs. Même lorsque nous perdons, nous gagnons. Même quand on nous conquis par ce monde déchu, nous restons vainqueurs par Jésus. Les petites batailles quotidiennes ne déterminent pas notre destin, parce que la guerre a déjà été gagné. Ne pas que vous apporter l'espoir incroyable? Si nous sommes en Christ, nous ne pouvons vraiment pas perdre.

Peut être, comme moi, vous êtes dans une saison de grande difficulté. Je veux vous encourager à quelques égards, je pense à propos de cette vérité.

1. Ne regardez pas seulement à vous

Quand je passe ma journée se concentrant sur ma faiblesse et grommelant dans mon cœur, Je ne nourris mon découragement et de carburant mon faux sentiment de désespoir. Quand je regarde moi, je pense que je l'ai perdu, mais quand je regarde Jésus, je me rappelle que je gagne. Quand il était la défaite de ses ennemis, il les vaincre en notre nom.

2. Ne regardez pas seulement maintenant

Si je me concentre uniquement sur aujourd'hui ou ces dernières années, Je suis tenté de penser que c'est la façon dont il sera toujours. Mais Jésus a acheté des choses incroyables pour moi sur la croix que je ne l'ai pas encore expereienced. Je sais que Dieu imparfaitement maintenant, mais je reçois le connaître parfaitement tard. Il va même me donner un corps tout neuf et essuyer toutes mes larmes.

Nous pouvons également être tentés de se concentrer sur ceux qui semblent être gagner maintenant. Ceux qui ne possèdent pas les mêmes épreuves et les revers qui semblent toujours nous assaillent. Mais l'équipe qui a remporté le troisième trimestre est pas toujours l'équipe qui gagne à la fin. Beaucoup de gens semblent gagner les batailles quotidiennes, mais ils ne sont pas de confiance en Celui qui a gagné la guerre. Ne regardez pas seulement maintenant.

Douce victoire

Michael Jordan reste l'un des plus grands et les plus populaires gagnants que nous ayons jamais vu. Mais il y a de plus grandes victoires à avoir. Et aucun d'entre nous a ce qu'il faut pour gagner la guerre nous; seul le Christ peut le faire. Il a battu tous nos ennemis pour nous: sans, Satan, et la mort elle-même. Tout ce qu'il faut pour rejoindre l'équipe et de bénéficier de ses victoires se tourne du péché et de la confiance dans le Sauveur. N'importe qui, même les plus faibles parmi nous peuvent être gagnants.

Telle est la vérité qui était dans mon cœur quand je l'ai écrit ces mots dans “Douce victoire”:

Le vainqueur est pas celui qui a remporté la septième manche
Trophées ne vont pas à ceux qui ont obtenu un bon début
Quand je dis que je gagne, je ne veux pas dire ce jour, je suis en
Je veux dire le jour où le ciel gris fade out, alors je gagne parce que je règne avec lui

Assurez-vous de ramasser une copie de “Monter” quand il sort 10.27.14!

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36 commentaires

  1. LiamRépondre

    Trip I’ve been playing sweet victory non-stop the past couple days, God’s working in your life and is going to be working through your album. Praying for you

  2. Victoria JonesRépondre

    This is such an inspiring word. Your song articulates the intricate relationship between glory moments, and uncontrollable pitfalls. Je vous remercie. I now know that everything, good and bad, comes down from the Father of Lights.

  3. SteveLRépondre

    Voyage, this song has been a huge blessing into my life already! My dad and sister have some health issues that they have been dealing with for several years and your description for why and how you wrote this song is beautiful and comforting. Thank you for being true to your faith and to the gospel.

  4. LydiaRépondre

    This was so encouraging to me. My energy has been at the same level as yours for the past two yearsI was finally diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease a couple months ago and my fatigue is finally getting lighter! I hope you can eventually find something that helps you! You’re doing so so so much more than people realize. Props to you! You’re an inspiration to me :)

  5. DeniseRépondre

    God bless you Mr. Barefield. I’ve been utterly blessed watching your sermons, listening to your music, reading your articles and posts. I pray supernaturally healing in the mighty name of Jesus over your body. I pray for continued strength and endurance to touch you so you can do the Lords work without growing tired but rather to be renewed each and every day. I pray blessings over you, Jennifer and your two little ones. I thank you Lord for Williams obedience to Your calling in his life as a pastor, husband, father and artist. Let your light continue to shine thru his life. Thank you Father, in Jesus’s name, Amen.

  6. duran LoweryRépondre

    I’m a true believer. In today’s society it’s very easy to get side tracked worried about how other people live their lives. Can’t wait for RISE to come out. Trip u really do inspire me to be the best man an father to wife an kids.

  7. PatrickRépondre

    Voyage, thanks for sharing your heart man. The fact you are suffering and are still able to produce such quality work is inspiring. God has really used your music to speak to my life. And I’m so grateful there are guys like you in the music (specifically hip-hop) industry who aren’t afraid of absolute truth. I hope Rise isn’t your last album, but if it is, I’m so thankful for all that you’ve taught me in your past 4 albums.

  8. VinceRépondre

    I’m always encouraged by your posts bro and this might be the best one yet! I’m praying for your strength and can’t wait to cop the album!

  9. CharlanaRépondre

    Hey Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “Douce victoire”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Dieu te bénisse & ta famille & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterRépondre

    I recently saw your performance while you were here in Denver October 9th. I had no idea about your health maladies until then. I was deeply touched when you performed your songSweet Victory.I too have been battling various physical ailments nearing a time of four years. Alors, your song resonanted with me, bringing me to the brink of tears. Having just read your piece on your illness, I have found that you have been suffering from the same thing I have been for some time: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It was through my physical struggles that compelled me to reliquish my pride and life of indulgence and brought me back to a renewed commitment to Christ; ultimately, I am grateful that this has happened to me. I have only met one other person who has an accurate idea of the challenges that this syndrome brings. I have been showered with the outpouring of God’s grace, prayers from others, and the unyielding commitment of my wife which helps me continue with God’s purposes as I continue my studies to go into ministry as a philosopher. We serve a God who not only intimately understands the suffering of the world, but conquered through it. Thank you for your service of God’s kingdom and disclosing details of your life.

  11. christianRépondre

    Voyage! You have been an encouragement through your music and sermons bro! Love how God is using you! Your bangers get me goin bro ! I’ll be praying for you too! Oh and -good look on that song too!

  12. MitchRépondre

    Brother Trip,

    God bless you for your unwavering faith and trust that He will heal you and make you whole in true Shweet Victory!!! Grace be to God

  13. MackenderRépondre

    I was tremendously blessed by this article. My heart rejoices as I read and ponder my future inheritance in Christ. Thank you trip. Can’t wait to get the album. I’ve always been blessed by you man.

  14. Erica D. ClantonRépondre

    This was really what i needed to read and Sweet Victory really touches my heart. Thanks Trip for sharing what God gave u so we can see His vision for our lives!! Praying for u!

  15. isaiahRépondre

    Love your music man. It and other Christian hip hop music has and is and will continue to help God change my life. Our struggle is not forever as you well know tripp. Thanks for the reminder.

  16. GabeTavianoRépondre

    Thanks for being transparent, Voyage. Our fam’s moving to Cambodia on January 3rd. I have a few private questions for you, hoping to ask before we leave. Could you maybe shoot me an email (to the email I used to comment here)? Looking forward to my pre-order of RISE. Really great work!!

  17. ChristyCappRépondre

    I am so lookingforward the album!! Thats a great song to start it off with. True talent and REAL lyrics that change life.. ain’t nothinbetter than that! CFS sucks and is devastating. I got it at 18 in college when it first came out. But you can overcome it and you will..with proper diet and excercise. So there’s hope! Prayer first, water every hour. I made water my best friend to detox, cut white flour, pasta and fast food. Most of us walkinaround dehydrated and replacing it with more food. It’s through our trials that he works in us the most. In that time of being sick (still) was when God was most able do His workBest wishes to you and your album and your fam and your church & much continued success!

  18. JésusRépondre

    Awesome insight, into what the world would have us see aslosingin this life. When in all reality we are all born losers, including those, that the world considerswinners”..! If, they don’t come to theknowledge” ou “knowingof the TRUTH, which is “JÉSUS”, they remain losers..! Even if, to the world, they appear to be winners..! Thanks for sharing yourweakness”, when in REALITY, you have been made STRONGE..!! Praise be to The Lord, that He would make known to us through our weakness that we are TRULY STONGE because of Knowing Him…!! Keep pressing forward my friend and brother even if The Lord grants you only His grace in the mist of your struggles..!! Praying for You..!

  19. AshleyRépondre

    I had no idea you were facing this battle. I read your book, “the good lifea while back but don’t remember seeing that. I was so blessed by your article today, you’re in my prayers brother. My cousin suffers from chronic fatigue syndrome and it’s very difficult for her to enjoy things she used to. Thank you for sharing, my heart goes out to you and your wife today. Fight the good fight. You’re a True Champion. Jesus’s love conquers all. P.s. dope song too!

  20. RachelRépondre

    I am so thankful for Sweet Victory. I listened on YouTube and it gave me my spark back. I have been struggling with discouragement. I think I lost my hope here for a few weeks. Can’t think of how else to put it. Hopelessness made me feel cut off from God and was the worst part of all. I was crying out to him, asking him to help me out of this overwhelming despondency. Your Sweet Victory lyrics spoke straight to that broken part of me and retriggered my hope. This article has also encouraged me. God is so good. I was surrounded by people who love me at church but had no idea how to ask them for help, or even how to explain what I was going thru. God decided to use you, all the way from Texas. Je vous remercie!

  21. Julia RubbedRépondre

    Voyage (and Jess)–
    Thanks so much for this encouraging song. I cannot wait to get your new album. nous (my Parents) just adopted a little boy from Haiti. He has cerebral palsy. Although it has been a hard road with all his disabilities, I know that Jesus gives us victory over all things. I saw you in concert in Salt Lake City, UT a couple weeks ago, and you gave me such hope. Je vous remercie!
    And congratulations to you and the Mrs. on the new little one. Whether he (or her) is born or not. :) Love you guys!

  22. DinaRépondre

    Voyage, I am about as far from your expected crowd base as one can getCaucasian Canadian mama of five who drives a mini van! But blaring from my speakers is always some rap with a steady rotation of Trip Lee! I love the song Sweet Victory and this reality that was birthed in a new way from your health struggle resonated with me. For the last 8 years I’ve struggled with a similar weakness after the premature birth of my daughter. It is a humbling road to walk and one I still learning to trust God in. Thank you for sharing your hope and providing an example of an unashamed man of God for young men to respect and emulate. Blessings to you, bro!

  23. DiRépondre

    Downloaded the album yesterday and I love it! My fav is “All Rise Up”; I have it on replaylolthanks for the wonderful album Trip. Hope to watch you in concert one day.

  24. GabkyRépondre

    sensationnel. This is my first time coming across this site and I’m loving all the posts I’ve read so far. I’ve been so blessed and encouraged.This is just what I needed at this moment to know that despite my weaknesses he still reigns in my life and I can look to him and always be uplifted.
    I had no idea you were going through this, you’re in my prayers. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you so much.
    Just listened to Sweet Victory and I’ve been so blessed by your song! And I can’t wait to listen to the whole album. I’m sure that’s all I’ll be listening to these coming weeks. Continue the good work!

  25. LatashaRépondre

    This blog post was such a blessing to me. Souvent, I don’t feel understood by family, copains, or some church family on this walk, but this post help me put things in perspective and stop complaining about life. I realized that there is a blessing within our weaknesses. God truly shows his power/love for us, by helping us overcome our struggles, when we realize that He is the only way we can keep going. Thanks for the post and your song Sweet Victory is amazing!

    Grâce et la Paix,
    Tasha F.

  26. TTuniqueRépondre

    My daughter dedicated this song to me. I could not stop listening and crying. I Have been battling immune system issues for 15 années. The last 3 years were near hell. But the Lord was dealing hard with my heart during that time. I finally got it and surrendered to him. I am now getting answers left and right and coming out slowly. I’m not out all the way, but I’m not as exhausted as I was. It’s amazing!!! This song……this song! Tears……

  27. TimRépondre

    Voyage,
    I always feel a sense of joy when I hear a new song from you or even see a posted sermon or read your blog. You are inspiring! I don’t directly know what CFS is like but I have seen it. A family friends mother from my church has it. There are times when we see her then there are long stretches when we don’t. But whenever I do see her she is always joyful. When I read this I thought of her because I tell her every time how much I am inspired by her that in the midst of it all she praises Jesus. She has been victorious because she refuses to think down on the situation. You two are most definitely winners! I’m glad that you are able to share your heart with us. It means so much to me.

  28. BurtonRépondre

    Voyage,
    You don’t know how much this means to me. When it seems like the whole world is against you, you know that you’ll win in the end with flying colors! And now knowing what you’ve been going through the past seven years, you can know that you are in my prayers Bro. Thanks for opening up your heart to us.

  29. FemiRépondre

    Voyage, you are a huge inspiration. RISE is a great album and i love it! As concerning your health, i believe its just a temporary flame of afflicton preparing you for the glory to be revealed. God is set to use you more brother. so don’t grow weary. keep believing and praying. I love you brother.

  30. NateRépondre

    Voyage,
    Chronic Fatigue has plagued my life from when I was 13 ou 14 years old all the way up until only a matter of weeks ago (Je suis 28 à présent). Years of prayer and research finally led my family and I to the answer; Diet was the root cause. Removing all grains, dairy, nightshades, preservatives and processed foods from my life has led to a complete recovery. I have never felt better.

    I don’t know if there could be a similar dietary solution for your CFS, but I wanted to let you know anyway.

    Keep up the good work. I’ll be praying for you.

  31. ThomLomasRépondre

    Thank you for sharing these words. I wish I would’ve read this last year but I wasn’t meant to read it until now. Now that I had a little better understanding on why these things happened. Merci encore, Dieu vous protège.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezRépondre

    I love you trip lee you are a big inspiring role model to my walk in faith with god. Ive learned to trust him ive learned that the scriptures when applied to my life become blessings in so many ways. You truly inspire me and I hope that one day god will give me the opportunity to meet you and lecrae you both have helped me see life instead of death. Everyday I listen to gospel hip hop and start my morning with thanking god for waking me up then I make coffee and put my bluebuds in my ears and turn on gospel hip hop and listen study even loom up words I dont know in the dictionary at words I dont quite understand so I lnow the deeper meaning because im a deep thinker. One pray and hearts desire of mine is to talk to you in some way one day even if its just a few messages on facebook or a phone call but would be awesome to sit down with you in person and discuss allot of christian beliefs and answer each others questions and concerns. I am 26 years old I have a rough background and past and christ has changed me from day to day all for his glory and a greater good so I can reach out and inspire others with my testimony that shows in my actions not just in words . Im a believer. Romains 1:16 I am unashamed of the gospel. I talk about god everday with people even my friends look up to me and have changed because of how god changed me. I really hope you see this message from me and read it through. Your story is strong and christ is in your heart always. Please if you have a moment one day text me. Call me. Write me on facebook. Email me id love to just have one conversation with you. Btw your story brought tears to my eyes. Dieu te bénisse,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.