Wann Winners Look Like Loser

Wat maachen Wanterschlof Gewënner wëll? Sinn se grouss oder kuerz? Schwaarz oder wäiss? Staark oder méi schwaach? Ech mengen et hängt op dat, wat mir vun “Gewënner.”

Ech war dëst leschte Mount an der Geschicht vun ee Gewënner denken als en déckt liesen, mee stellt Biographie vum Michael Jordan. Déi detailléiert Kont erënnert mech firwat him de ville Leit mat him op Nationalheld Chouer Grenzen. Vill Saachen kënne gesot ginn iwwert “sengem airness” awer keen hätt schons behaapt hien d'kee Gewënner. Huet hien wëll e Gewënner kucken éier hien all deene Championnat Réng an, obwuel?

Wéi Dir d'Buch liesen, et war vu senger Kandheet kloer, dass hien e Weltmeeschter gin wier. Ob dat war seng schwaach Leeschtung als klenge Liga pitcher oder als Junior hard Basketball Spiller; sengem Lycée Wuesstem spurt oder sengem Spill Schoss während sengem freshman Joer mat UNC stäerkster.

Vun der Zäit krut ech fir d'Kapitelen iwwer seng Weltmeeschterin als Chicago Bull, do waren keng Iwwerraschungen. Den Auteur erzielt seng Geschicht op eng Manéier, datt et kloer: Jordan war gebuer e Gewënner ze gin. An datt d'wat mer wëssen, him fir: Niewent sechs Championnat Réng, fënnef MVPs, an 14 All Star Optrëtter (net seng unchallenged Herrschaft vun der Athletic Schongbuttek Spill ze ernimmen).

Dës Zort vun unchallenged Herrschaft ass wat normalerweis kënnt éischte Gedanken, wann mir mengen “Gewënner.” Mä ech wëllt eis Sall fir aner Zort vun Gewënner ze verloossen. Déi Zort vun Gewënner, deen net der makings all vun engem Weltmeeschter muss. Déi Zort vun Gewënner hir Schwächten si méi wichteg wéi seng Stäerkten. Déi Zort vun Gewënner deen heiansdo méi wéi eng wiertlech gesäit.

eruewert, mee Conquering

Ech mat dir éierlech ginn. Déi lescht zwee Joer hunn zu vill Manéiere erstaunlech ginn, mä si hunn och relativ schwéier. Ech hunn eng staark Bestietnes an den Ufank vun zwee klenge Liewe gewisen, wie. Ech hun d'Freed vun Zuucht minsitry an engem gesonde Kierch Erfahrung. Mä ech och mat Schwäch geplot ginn. Et ass schwéier fir erauszepicken heiansdo ze soen, well ech jo esou vill gutt Saachen ze ginn, mécht. Mä wann nëmme kéint Dir e bësse méi no ze gesinn.

Ech hunn chronescher néi Syndrom. Ech weess, Ech hat ni virdrun entweder dovun héieren. datt d'Net firwat wann et mech wosst et méi wéi eng sucker léiren wéi en organiséiert baizebrengen gefillt. Am Ufank handicapéiert et wierklech me- war ech nëmmen waakreg fir sechs Stonnen den Dag, a verbraucht fir déi aner uechtzéng. Iwwer d'nächst Joer huet et get besser, mee et huet mech nach eng Réibau vun wat ech gebraucht ze ginn. Ech hunn d'lescht siwe Joer mat engem neverending néi gelieft. Ech kann éierlech net déi lescht Zäit erënneren ech gefillt rested- wéi meng Batterie gestuerwen, awer ni Da kréien.

Energie ass wéi de Bensin datt gingen all Deel vun eisem Liewen. Mir brauchen et fir all Aufgab, all Gespréich, all geduecht. A wann déi verbrannt ass héich, alles betraff. Fir nämmlechten, mengem Kierper gëtt loosse mech net tanke. Amplaz lingers mengem Tank riets uewen “E,” an ech probéieren et ze maachen duerch. Et huet mech duerch all Deel vun mengem Liewen limping lénks.

Ech soen Iech all dës, net fir Är Sympathie, mee fir de Been wéi Dir mengt. Verschidde um Goalkeeper Délaien kucken kann, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, an dass, “Man, Dës guy grad elo ass Verléierer.” Et ass sécher, wëll verléieren, wann ech zu mengem Liewen Pläng nach eemol änneren oder meng Jong soen, “Pappa senger midd grad elo ze spillen.” Ech hätt gelunn ginn, wann ech gesot et net dissuasive war a probéiert. nach, Ech behaapten nach meng séiss Victoire.

Nee, Ech net der ongeheier stark Zort vun Gewënner; Ech eigentlech relativ schwaach. Ech hun eng aner Zort vun Gewënner. An ech Verdächtege vill vun Iech ze sinn.

Eng Rëtsch Kind vun Gewënner

Ech Victoire hutt, awer net well meng Stäerkt ass et geséchert. Meng Victoire geschitt trotz meng Schwächten, och meng Sënnen. Ech mengen net de Victor, deen heiansdo ë puër geklappt an geséchert der gewannen; Ech scho wierklech just dat. Ech hunn Victoire Jesus.

Paul seet dat esou an Réimer:

Well et ass geschriwwe, "Fir Är Wuel gi mir all Dag ëmbruecht laang; mir sinn als Schof geschluecht gin. "Nee, an all deene Saachen sinn mir méi wéi conquerors duerch him deen eis gär” (Réimer 8:36-37).

Paul Zitater Psalm 44, wou de Psalmist plakesch fir Gott d'Hëllef an d'Mëtt vum Prozess eraus. A Paul notzt dat verschaaft säi Punkt ze maachen, datt näischt ka réckgängeg maachen, wat Gott fir eis zu Christus gemaach huet.

Ee vun de stäerkste markant Saachen ass, datt no schrecklech Saachen ernimmen: gëtt ëmbruecht, gëtt geschluecht, Paul seet och an deene Saachen déi mir conquerors sinn. Och wann mir verléieren, mer stäerkster. Och wann mir vun dëser verstuerwene Welt eruewert bass ginn, mir bleiwen conquerors duerch Jesus. Déi kleng Dag Schluechte do bestëmmt net eisem Schicksal, huet, well de Krich scho gewonnen ginn. Heescht net, dass eis Dir gäil hoffen? Wa mer a Christus, mir kënne wierklech net verléieren.

Vläicht, wéi ech, du bass an enger Saison vu groussen Schwieregkeeten. Ech wëllt Dir mat e puer Weeër ze encouragéieren ech iwwer dës Wourecht denken.

1. Kuckt net Just bei Dir

Wann ech meng Dag verbréngen op meng Schwäch Fredi a mengem Häerz Dëmpel, Ech fidderen just meng discouragement a Bensin meng falsch Sënn vun Hoffnungslosegkeet. Wann ech bei mir Stare ech mengen ech verluer hunn, mee wann ech bei Jesus Stare ech mech drun erënnert, dass ech gewanne. Wann hien Néierlag seng heiansdo ë puër, hie war eng Néierlag hinnen op eise Kont.

2. Kuckt net Just bei Elo

Wann ech stelle just op haut oder deene leschte puer Joer, Ech denken nët dat ass, wéi et ëmmer ginn. Mä kaaft Jesus eemolegen Saachen fir mech op d'Kräiz, dat ech nach net hunn expereienced. Ech weess imperfectly elo Gott, mee ech kréien him ze wëssen perfekt spéit. Hie wäert mech och e fuschneie Kierper ginn an all meng Tréinen wëschen ewech.

Mir kënnen och op déi, déi elo gin gewënnt Virworf ze duerchbriechen Schneekegkeeten. Déijéineg, déi net d'selwecht Prozesser an Obstaclen hunn dat ëmmer schéngen ze dréien eis. Mä d'Equipe, déi an den drëtten Véierel d'Gewënner ass net ëmmer d'Equipe déi zu Enn gewënnt. Vill Leit schéngen d'deeglecht Schluechte ginn stäerkster, mä si hunn net an de One trauen déi de Krich gewonnen d'. kucken do net just bei dësem.

séiss Victory

Michael Jordan bleift ee vun de gréissten a beléifsten Gewënner mir jeemools gesinn hunn. Mä et sinn méi grouss gewënnt ginn. An keen vun eis huet wat dat ass de Krich eis ze gewannen; nëmme Christus, do kann dat. Hien huet all vun eise Feinden fir eis huet: ouni, Satan, an Doud sech. et hëlt All d'Equipe an de Genoss vun sengem gewënnt matzeman ass aus Sënn doriwwer an de Retter vertraus. jiddereen, souguer de schwaachsten ënnert eis kann Gewënner ginn.

Dëst ass d'Wourecht, déi a mengem Häerz war wou ech dëse Wierder geschriwwen an “séiss Victory”:

Den Victor ass net dat eent dat siwent gewaart d'Gewënner
Trophäe ginn net un déi, déi e gudden Ufank ass
Wann ech soen, dass ech gewanne ech menge net dat wëssen ech am
Ech mengen, datt den Dag, wou d'gro obschonns Fade out, Ech gewënnt dann 'Ursaach ech mat him Herrschaft

Sécherstellen, eng Kopie vun goe fir “Rise” wann et drëms geet eraus 10.27.14!

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36 kommentéiert

  1. LiamAntwort

    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. Gebiet fir Iech

  2. Victoria JonesAntwort

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

  3. SteveLAntwort

    Rees, 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. LydiaAntwort

    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. DeniseAntwort

    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 LoweryAntwort

    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. PatrickAntwort

    Rees, 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. VinceAntwort

    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. CharlanaAntwort

    Hey Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “séiss Victory”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Gott soll dech seenen & your family & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterAntwort

    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. Also, 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. christianAntwort

    Rees! 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. MitchAntwort

    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. MackenderAntwort

    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. ClantonAntwort

    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. isaiahAntwort

    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. GabeTavianoAntwort

    Thanks for being transparent, Rees. 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. ChristyCappAntwort

    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. JesusAntwort

    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” oder “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. AshleyAntwort

    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. Merci fir alleguerten, 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. RachelAntwort

    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. Merci!

  21. Julia RiebAntwort

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

  22. DinaAntwort

    Rees, 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, dofuner!

  23. DiAntwort

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

  24. GabkyAntwort

    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. LatashaAntwort

    This blog post was such a blessing to me. oft, I don’t feel understood by family, Frënn, 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 a Fridden,
    Tasha F.

  26. TTuniqueAntwort

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

    Rees,
    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. BurtonAntwort

    Rees,
    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. FemiAntwort

    Rees, 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. NateAntwort

    Rees,
    Chronic Fatigue has plagued my life from when I was 13 oder 14 years old all the way up until only a matter of weeks ago (ech 28 now). 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. ThomLomasAntwort

    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 nach eemol, God bless.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezAntwort

    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. Ech sinn 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. Réimer 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. Gott soll dech seenen,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.