Doe't Winners Look Like Losers

Wat winners sjen as? Binne se lang of koart? Swart of wyt? Sterk of swak? Ik tink dat hinget ôf fan wat wy betsjutte troch “winner.”

Ik waard besûge yn it ferhaal fan ien winner dizze ferline moanne as lêzen in lang, mar oansprekkende biografy fan Michael Jordan. De detaillearre account sin brocht my wêrom't in soad minsken syn obsesje mei him grinzet op held oanbidde. In protte dingen kin sein oer “syn airness” mar gjinien koe ea opeaskje hy is net in winner. Hat er sjen as in winner foardat hy krige al dy kampioenskip ringen, lykwols?

As jo ​​lêze it boek, It like dúdlik út syn jeugd, dy't er wêze soe in kampioen. Oft dat wie syn treflik stik as in lytse kompetysje pitcher of as junior Varsity basketbal spiler; syn hege skoalle groei spurt of syn spel winnende skot yn syn freshman jier mei UNC.

Troch de tiid Ik krige nei de haadstikken oer syn kampioenskippen as Chicago Bull, der wiene gjin ferrassings. De skriuwer fertelde syn ferhaal yn in manier dat makke it dúdlik: Jordan waard berne te wêzen in winner. En dat is wat wy kenne him foar: winning seis kampioenskip ringen, fiif MVPs, en 14 All Star optredens (net te hawwen oer syn unchallenged bewâld yn de athletic shoe game).

Dit soarte fan unchallenged bewâld is wat meastentiids komt te mind earst as wy tinke “winner.” Mar ik wol ús om romte foar in oar soarte fan winner. De soarte fan winner dy't net hawwe alle makings fan in kampioen. It soarte fan winner waans swakke punten binne mear opmerklik as syn sterke. De soarte fan winner dy't liket mear as in loser soms.

ferovere, mar feroverje

Ik sil earlik wêze mei jo. De lêste twa jier west hawwe amazing in soad manieren, mar se ha ek al in moaie hurd. Ik haw genoaten fan in sterke houlik en it begjin fan de twa lytse libben. Ik ha belibje de blydskip fan pastorale minsitry yn in sûn tsjerke. Mar ik haw ek al pleage mei swakte. It is dreech foar bûtensteanders te fertellen soms omdat ik lykje te dwaan sa in protte goede dingen. Mar as allinne jo sjen koe in bytsje tichter.

Ik haw groanyske wurgens syndrome. Wit ik, Ik hie nea heard fan dat foar beide. Miskien dat dêrom as it rekke my dat fielde mear as in sucker punch as in organisearre bout. Yn it begjin is it echt handikapten my ik wie allinnich wekker foar seis oeren deis, en ôfmêde foar de oare achttjin. Oer it folgjende jier dat woe krije better, mar it dochs liet my in shell fan wat ik brûkt te wêzen. Ik ha wenne de lêste sân jier mei in Neverending wurgens. Ik eerlijk kin net ûnthâlde de lêste kear ik fielde rested- lykas myn batterij stoar, mar nea recharged.

Enerzjy is as de brandstof dat foech alle gebiet fan ús libben. Wy moatte it foar elke taak, alle petear, alle gedachte. En doe't dat branje is leech, alles lijt. Foar guon reden, myn lichem sil net litte my tanken. Ynstee myn tank lingers rjocht boppe “E,” en ik besykje om it troch. It liet my limping troch alle gebiet fan myn libben.

Ik sis jimme al dizze, net foar dyn meilijen, mar om te daagjen hoe't jo tinke. Guon kinne sjen by de miste deadlines, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, en tink, “Man, dizze jonge is ferliest rjocht no.” It wis fielt as ferliezen doe't ik te feroarjen myn libben plannen noch wer of fertel myn soan, “Daddy fan te wurch om te spyljen rjochts no.” Ik soe wêze lizzen as ik sei it wie net discouraging en besykje. dochs, Ik noch beweare myn swiete oerwinning.

Nee, Ik bin net de boppeminsklike sterke soarte fan winner; Ik bin eins pretty swak. Ik bin in oare soarte fan winner. En ik tink in soad fan jo te.

In Different Kind van Winner

Ik dwaan hawwe oerwinning, mar net omdat myn krêft hat befeilige it. Myn oerwinning bart nettsjinsteande myn swakheden, sels myn sûnden. Ik bin net de oerwinner dy't fersloech fijannen en boarge de win; Ik echt krekt krige it. Ik haw oerwinning yn Jezus.

Paulus set it like dat yn Romeinen:

Lyk as biskreaun stiet, "Foar jo wille wy wurde deade hiele dei lang; wy wurde beskôge as skiep wurde slachte. "No, yn al dy dingen binne wy ​​mear as feroverers troch Him dy't ús ús” (Romeinen 8:36-37).

Paulus quotes Psalm 44, dêr't de psalmist skreaut út foar Gods help yn 'e midden fan de rjochtsaak. En Paulus brûkt dat fers foar keazen om syn punt dat neat kinne jo it weromdraaie hwet God dien hat foar ús yn Kristus.

Ien fan de meast opfallende dingen is dat nei oanjaan fan freeslike dingen: wurdt fermoarde, dy't slachte, Paulus seit sels yn dy dingen binne wy ​​feroverers. Ek as wy ferlieze, wy binne it winnen. Ek as wy it ferovere troch dit fallen wrâld, wy bliuwe feroverers troch Jezus. It lytse deistige fjildslaggen net bepale ús lot, omdat de oarloch hat al wûn. Net dat bringe jo ongelooflijke hope? As wy binne yn Kristus, wy echt net kwyt.

Miskien, lykas my, jo binne yn in seizoen fan grutte muoite. Ik wol te stimulearje dy mei in pear manieren ik tink oer dizze wierheid.

1. Net Just Look at Jo

Doe't ik trochbringe myn dei te setten op myn swakkens en tsjinakseljen, tsierderij yn myn hert, Ik allinne feed myn discouragement en tanke myn falske gefoel fan hopelessness. Doe't ik stoarje by my ik tink ik haw ferlern, mar doe't ik stoarje by Jezus Ik sin brocht dat ik win. Doe't er ferslaan syn fijannen, Hy wie ferslaan se op ús út namme.

2. Net Just Look at no

As ik allinne rjochtsje op hjoed of dy ôfrûne jierren, Ik oanstriid ha en tinke dat is hoe't it sil altyd wêze. Mar Jezus kocht unbelievable dingen foar my oan it krús, dat ik haw net expereienced noch. Ik wit God lendal no, mar ik krij witte him folslein letter. Hy sil sels jouwe my in merk nije lichem en wipe fuort al myn triennen.

Wy kinne ek wurde oanstriid ha en rjochtsje op dyjingen dy't lykje te winnen no. Wa't net hawwe deselde bisikingen en tsjinslaggen dy't altyd lykje te plague ús. Mar de ploech dy't it winnen yn it tredde kwart is net altyd de ploech dy't wint yn 'e ein. In protte minsken lykje te winnen fan de deistige fjildslaggen, mar hja hawwe net fertroud yn 'e Ien dy't is wûn de oarloch. Net krekt sjoch op no.

Swiete oerwinning

Michael Jordan bliuwt ien fan de grutste en meast populêre winners wy ha ea sjoen. Mar der binne gruttere rige wurde hie. En net ien fan ús hat wat it duorret te winnen de oarloch ússels; allinne Kristus kin dwaan dat. Hy fersloech al fan ús fijannen foar ús: sûnder, satan, en dea sels. Alle it duorret om mei te dwaan 'e ploech en foardielen út syn rige is draaien fan sûnde en it fertrouwen yn' e Heilân. elkenien, sels de swakste ûnder ús kin wêze winners.

Dat is de wierheid, dat wie yn myn hert doe't ik skreau dy wirden yn “Swiete oerwinning”:

De victor is net it ien dat is it winnen sânde inning
Trofeeën net gean nei de bern dy't krige in goed begjin
Doe't ik sis ik win ik net dat dizze dei Ik bin yn
Ik bedoel dy dei as de grize loften fade out, dan ik winnen 'oarsaak ik hearskje mei him

Soargje derfoar dat te heljen in kopy fan “Rise” as it giet út 10.27.14!

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36 comments

  1. LiamAntwurdzje

    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 JonesAntwurdzje

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

  3. SteveLAntwurdzje

    Reis, 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. LydiaAntwurdzje

    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. DeniseAntwurdzje

    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 LoweryAntwurdzje

    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. PatrickAntwurdzje

    Reis, 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. VinceAntwurdzje

    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. CharlanaAntwurdzje

    Hey Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “Swiete oerwinning”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. God segent dy & your family & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterAntwurdzje

    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. Sa, 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. christianAntwurdzje

    Reis! 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. MitchAntwurdzje

    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. MackenderAntwurdzje

    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. ClantonAntwurdzje

    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. isaiahAntwurdzje

    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. GabeTavianoAntwurdzje

    Thanks for being transparent, Reis. 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. ChristyCappAntwurdzje

    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. JezusAntwurdzje

    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” of “knowingof the TRUTH, which isJESUS”, 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. ashleyAntwurdzje

    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. Tige tank foar it dielen, 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. RachelAntwurdzje

    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 sa goed. 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. Dankewol!

  21. Julia RiebAntwurdzje

    Reis (and Jess)–
    Thanks so much for this encouraging song. I cannot wait to get your new album. Wy (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. Dankewol!
    And congratulations to you and the Mrs. on the new little one. Whether he (or her) is born or not. :) Love you guys!

  22. DinaAntwurdzje

    Reis, 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. DiAntwurdzje

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

  24. GabkyAntwurdzje

    Wow. 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. LatashaAntwurdzje

    This blog post was such a blessing to me. Faak, I don’t feel understood by family, friends, 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!

    Grace and Peace,
    Tasha F.

  26. TTuniqueAntwurdzje

    My daughter dedicated this song to me. I could not stop listening and crying. I Have been battling immune system issues for 15 jier. 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. TimAntwurdzje

    Reis,
    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. BurtonAntwurdzje

    Reis,
    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. FemiAntwurdzje

    Reis, 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. NateAntwurdzje

    Reis,
    Chronic Fatigue has plagued my life from when I was 13 of 14 years old all the way up until only a matter of weeks ago (Ik bin 28 no). 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. ThomLomasAntwurdzje

    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. Nochris tank, God seinigt.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezAntwurdzje

    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. Romeinen 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. God segent dy,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.