Ketika Pemenang Lihat Seperti Pecundang

Apa pemenang terlihat seperti? Apakah mereka tinggi atau pendek? Hitam atau putih? Kuat atau lemah? Saya kira itu tergantung pada apa yang kita maksud dengan “pemenang.”

Saya tersedot ke dalam kisah satu pemenang bulan terakhir ini sebagai membaca panjang, tapi biografi menarik dari Michael Jordan. Account rinci mengingatkan saya mengapa obsesi banyak orang dengan dia berbatasan dengan ibadah pahlawan. Banyak hal yang bisa dikatakan tentang “Airness nya” namun tak seorang pun bisa mengklaim dia tidak pemenang. Apakah dia terlihat seperti seorang pemenang sebelum ia mendapat semua cincin juara, meskipun?

Ketika Anda membaca buku, tampak jelas dari masa kecilnya bahwa dia akan menjadi juara. Apakah itu bermain luar biasa sebagai pitcher liga kecil atau sebagai pemain basket junior varsity; percepatan pertumbuhan SMA-nya atau permainannya menang ditembak selama tahun pertamanya dengan UNC.

Pada saat saya sampai di bab tentang kejuaraan sebagai Chicago Bulls, tidak ada kejutan. Penulis menceritakan kisahnya dengan cara yang membuat jelas: Jordan dilahirkan untuk menjadi pemenang. Dan itulah yang kita tahu dia untuk: memenangkan enam cincin juara, lima MVP, dan 14 Semua penampilan bintang (belum lagi pemerintahan tertandingi di pertandingan sepatu atletik).

semacam ini pemerintahan tertandingi adalah apa yang biasanya datang ke pikiran pertama ketika kita berpikir “pemenang.” Tapi aku ingin kita untuk meninggalkan ruang untuk jenis lain dari pemenang. Jenis pemenang yang tidak memiliki semua bakat untuk menjadi seorang juara. Jenis pemenang yang kelemahan yang lebih penting dari kekuatannya. Jenis pemenang yang terlihat lebih seperti pecundang kadang-kadang.

menaklukkan, tapi Menaklukkan

Saya akan jujur ​​dengan Anda. Dua tahun terakhir telah menakjubkan dalam banyak cara, tetapi mereka juga sudah cukup sulit. Aku menikmati pernikahan yang kuat dan awal dua kehidupan kecil. Saya sudah mengalami sukacita minsitry pastoral di gereja yang sehat. Tapi saya juga pernah terganggu dengan kelemahan. Sulit bagi orang luar untuk memberitahu kadang-kadang karena saya tampaknya akan melakukan begitu banyak hal baik. Tapi jika hanya Anda bisa melihat sedikit lebih dekat.

Saya memiliki sindrom kelelahan kronis. aku tahu, Saya belum pernah mendengar itu sebelumnya baik. Mungkin itu sebabnya ketika memukul saya itu merasa lebih seperti pukulan pengisap dari sebuah pertarungan terorganisasi. Pada awalnya itu benar-benar cacat saya- Saya hanya terjaga selama enam jam sehari, dan kelelahan untuk yang lain delapan belas. Selama tahun depan itu lebih baik, tapi masih meninggalkan aku cangkang apa yang saya digunakan untuk menjadi. Aku sudah tinggal tujuh tahun terakhir dengan kelelahan neverending. Sejujurnya aku tidak ingat kapan terakhir kali aku merasa rested- seperti baterai saya meninggal, tetapi tidak pernah diisi ulang.

Energi seperti bahan bakar yang kekuatan setiap bidang kehidupan kita. Kami membutuhkannya untuk setiap tugas, setiap percakapan, setiap pikiran. Dan ketika bahan bakar yang rendah, semuanya menderita. Untuk beberapa alasan, tubuh saya tidak akan membiarkan saya mengisi bahan bakar. Sebaliknya tangki saya tetap hidup tepat di atas “E,” dan saya mencoba untuk membuatnya melalui. Ini meninggalkan aku pincang melalui setiap bidang kehidupan saya.

Aku menceritakan semua ini, bukan untuk simpati Anda, tapi untuk menantang bagaimana Anda berpikir. Beberapa mungkin melihat tenggat waktu terjawab, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, dan berpikir, “Manusia, orang ini kehilangan sekarang.” Itu pasti terasa seperti kehilangan ketika saya harus mengubah rencana hidup saya lagi atau memberitahu anak saya, “Ayah terlalu lelah untuk bermain sekarang.” Saya akan berbohong jika saya mengatakan itu tidak mengecilkan hati dan mencoba. Namun, Aku masih mengklaim kemenangan manis saya.

Tidak, Aku bukan jenis manusia super kuat pemenang; Aku sebenarnya cukup lemah. Saya yang berbeda pemenang. Dan saya kira banyak dari Anda terlalu.

Yang berbeda dari Pemenang

Saya punya kemenangan, tapi bukan karena kekuatan saya telah diamankan. Kemenangan saya terjadi terlepas dari kelemahan saya, bahkan dosa-dosa saya. Aku bukan pemenang yang mengalahkan musuh dan dijamin menang; Aku benar-benar hanya menerimanya. Saya memiliki kemenangan dalam Yesus.

Paul menempatkan seperti ini di Roma:

Seperti ada tertulis, "Oleh karena Engkau kami dibunuh sepanjang hari; kita dianggap sebagai domba-domba sembelihan. "Tidak ada, dalam semuanya itu kita lebih dari pemenang melalui Dia yang mengasihi kita” (Roma 8:36-37).

Paulus mengutip Mazmur 44, di mana Pemazmur menangis keluar untuk bantuan Allah di tengah-tengah sidang. Dan Paulus menggunakan ayat itu untuk membuat titik bahwa tidak ada yang bisa membatalkan apa yang telah dilakukan Allah bagi kita di dalam Kristus.

Salah satu hal yang paling mencolok adalah bahwa setelah menyebutkan hal-hal buruk: dibunuh, disembelih, Paulus mengatakan bahkan dalam hal-hal kita penakluk. Bahkan ketika kita kehilangan, kita menang. Bahkan ketika kita sedang ditaklukkan oleh dunia yang jatuh ini, kami tetap menang melalui Yesus. Pertempuran harian kecil tidak menentukan nasib kita, karena perang telah dimenangkan. Tidak yang membawa Anda harapan yang luar biasa? Jika kita di dalam Kristus, kita benar-benar tidak bisa kehilangan.

Mungkin, seperti saya, Anda berada dalam musim kesulitan besar. Saya ingin mendorong Anda dengan beberapa cara saya berpikir tentang kebenaran ini.

1. Jangan Hanya Lihatlah Anda

Ketika saya menghabiskan hari saya fokus pada kelemahan saya dan menggerutu dalam hati saya, Saya hanya makan kekecewaan saya dan bahan bakar rasa palsu saya putus asa. Ketika saya menatap saya, saya pikir saya sudah hilang, tapi ketika saya menatap Yesus Saya teringat bahwa saya menang. Ketika ia mengalahkan musuh-musuhnya, ia mengalahkan mereka atas nama kami.

2. Jangan Hanya Lihatlah Sekarang

Jika saya hanya fokus pada hari ini atau beberapa tahun terakhir ini, Aku tergoda untuk berpikir ini adalah bagaimana hal itu akan selalu menjadi. Tetapi Yesus dibeli hal luar biasa bagi saya di kayu salib yang saya belum expereienced belum. Saya tahu Allah tidak sempurna sekarang, tapi saya mengenal dia dengan sempurna kemudian. Dia bahkan akan memberi saya merek tubuh baru dan menghapus semua air mata saya.

Kami juga bisa tergoda untuk fokus pada mereka yang tampaknya akan menang sekarang. Mereka yang tidak memiliki cobaan dan kemunduran yang sama yang selalu tampaknya wabah kami. Namun tim yang menang pada kuartal ketiga tidak selalu tim yang menang pada akhirnya. Banyak orang tampaknya akan memenangkan pertempuran setiap hari, tetapi mereka tidak dipercaya dalam Satu siapa yang menang perang. Jangan hanya melihat sekarang.

Kemenangan manis

Michael Jordan tetap menjadi salah satu yang terbesar dan paling populer pemenang yang pernah kami lihat. Tapi ada menang lebih besar yang bisa didapat. Dan tidak satupun dari kita memiliki apa yang diperlukan untuk memenangkan perang diri kita sendiri; hanya Kristus yang dapat melakukan itu. Dia mengalahkan semua musuh kita untuk kita: tanpa, Setan, dan kematian itu sendiri. Yang dibutuhkan untuk bergabung dengan tim dan manfaat dari kemenangannya adalah berbalik dari dosa dan percaya pada Juruselamat. Siapa saja, bahkan yang paling lemah di antara kita bisa menjadi pemenang.

Ini adalah kebenaran yang ada di hati saya ketika saya menulis kata-kata ini di “Kemenangan manis”:

victor bukanlah satu yang menang inning ketujuh
Piala tidak pergi ke orang-orang yang mendapat awal yang baik
Ketika saya mengatakan saya menang saya tidak berarti hari ini aku di
Maksud saya hari itu ketika langit abu-abu memudar, maka aku menang karena aku ikut memerintah dengan Dia

Pastikan untuk mengambil salinan “Naik” ketika datang keluar 10.27.14!

SAHAM

36 komentar

  1. LiamBalasan

    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 JonesBalasan

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

  3. SteveLBalasan

    Perjalanan, 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. LydiaBalasan

    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. DeniseBalasan

    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, Amin.

  6. duran LoweryBalasan

    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. PatrickBalasan

    Perjalanan, 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. VinceBalasan

    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. CharlanaBalasan

    Hey Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “Kemenangan manis”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Tuhan memberkati Anda & keluargamu & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterBalasan

    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. Begitu, 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. christianBalasan

    Perjalanan! 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. MitchBalasan

    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. MackenderBalasan

    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. ClantonBalasan

    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. isaiahBalasan

    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. GabeTavianoBalasan

    Thanks for being transparent, Perjalanan. 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. ChristyCappBalasan

    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. IsaBalasan

    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” atau “knowingof the TRUTH, which is “YESUS”, 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. AshleyBalasan

    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. Terima kasih sudah berbagi, 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. rachelBalasan

    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. Tuhan begitu baik. 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. Terima kasih!

  21. Julia menggosokBalasan

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

  22. DinaBalasan

    Perjalanan, 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. DiBalasan

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

  24. GabkyBalasan

    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. LatashaBalasan

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

    Rahmat dan Perdamaian,
    Tasha F.

  26. TTuniqueBalasan

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

    Perjalanan,
    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. BurtonBalasan

    Perjalanan,
    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. FemiBalasan

    Perjalanan, 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. NateBalasan

    Perjalanan,
    Chronic Fatigue has plagued my life from when I was 13 atau 14 years old all the way up until only a matter of weeks ago (Saya m 28 sekarang). 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. ThomLomasBalasan

    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. Terima kasih lagi, Tuhan memberkati.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezBalasan

    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. saya 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. Roma 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. Tuhan memberkati Anda,istri Anda,and children in all your days and all you do.