Når Vinnere se ut som tapere

Hva gjør vinnerne ligne? Er de høy eller kort? Svart eller hvit? Sterk eller svak? Jeg antar det avhenger av hva vi mener med “vinner.”

Jeg ble sugd inn i historien om en vinner denne siste måneden som en lese en lengre, men engasjerende biografi om Michael Jordan. Den detaljerte konto minnet meg hvorfor mange folks besettelse med ham grenser til heltedyrking. Mange ting kan sies om “hans airness” men ingen kunne noensinne hevder at han ikke er en vinner. Har han ser ut som en vinner før han fikk alle disse mesterskapsringer, skjønt?

Når du leser boka, det virket klart fra hans barndom at han ville bli en mester. Enten det var hans fremragende spill som en liten liga mugge eller som junior varsity basketballspiller; hans high school vekst sprute eller hans spill vinne skutt under hans freshman år med UNC.

Da jeg kom til kapitlene om hans mesterskap som Chicago Bulls, det var ingen overraskelser. Forfatteren fortalte sin historie på en måte som gjorde det klart: Jordan ble født til å være en vinner. Og det er det vi kjenner ham for: vinne seks mesterskap ringer, fem MVPer, og 14 All Star skinn (for ikke å nevne hans uimotsagt regjeringstid i den atletiske sko spillet).

Denne typen uimotsagt regjeringstid er det som vanligvis kommer til hjernen først når vi tenker “vinner.” Men jeg vil at vi skal gi rom for en annen type vinner. Den slags vinner som ikke har alle makings av en mester. Den slags vinner hvis svakheter er mer bemerkelsesverdig enn sine styrker. Den slags vinner som ser mer ut som en taper noen ganger.

erobret, men Erobring

Jeg skal være ærlig med deg. De siste to årene har vært fantastisk på mange måter, men de har også vært ganske hardt. Jeg har hatt en sterk ekteskap og begynnelsen av to små liv. Jeg har oppleve gleden av pastorale Minsitry i en sunn menighet. Men jeg har også vært plaget med svakhet. Det er vanskelig for utenforstående å fortelle noen ganger fordi jeg synes å være å gjøre så mange gode ting. Men hvis du bare kunne se litt nærmere.

Jeg har kronisk utmattelsessyndrom. Jeg vet, Jeg hadde aldri hørt om det før heller. Kanskje det er grunnen til at når den treffer meg det føltes mer som en grønnskolling trøkk enn en organisert bout. I begynnelsen er det virkelig handikappet meg- jeg var bare våken i seks timer i døgnet, og utmattet etter den andre atten. I løpet av det neste året kom det bedre, men det fortsatt igjen meg et skall av hva jeg pleide å være. Jeg har levd de siste syv årene med en neverending trøtthet. Jeg ærlig ikke kan huske sist gang jeg følte rested- som min batteri døde, men aldri lades.

Energi er som drivstoff som gir strøm til alle områder av våre liv. Vi trenger det for hver oppgave, hver samtale, hver tanke. Og når det drivstoff er lavt, alt lider. For noen grunn, Kroppen min vil ikke la meg fylle bensin. I stedet min tank henger rett over “E,” og jeg prøver å gjøre det gjennom. Det er igjen meg haltende gjennom alle områder av livet mitt.

Jeg forteller deg alt dette, ikke for din sympati, men å utfordre hvordan du tenker. Noen kan se på tapte tidsfrister, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, og tror, “Mann, denne fyren er å miste akkurat nå.” Det sikkert føles som å miste når jeg måtte endre mine planer for livet enda en gang eller fortelle min sønn, “Pappa er for trøtt til å spille akkurat nå.” Jeg ville lyve hvis jeg sa at det ikke var nedslående og prøver. Ennå, Jeg fortsatt hevde min søte seier.

Nei, Jeg er ikke overmenneskelig sterk form for vinneren; Jeg er faktisk ganske svak. Jeg er en annen type vinneren. Og jeg mistenker at mange av dere er for.

A Different Kind of Winner

Jeg har seier, men ikke fordi min styrke har sikret det. Min seier skjer på tross av mine svakheter, selv mine synder. Jeg er ikke seierherren som beseiret fiender og sikret seieren; Jeg har akkurat fått det. Jeg har seier i Jesus.

Paulus sier det slik i Romerbrevet:

Som det står skrevet, "For din skyld drepes vi hele dagen lang; vi er regnet som slaktefår. "Nei, i alt dette vinner vi mer enn seier ved ham som elsket oss” (romerne 8:36-37).

Paulus siterer Salme 44, hvor salmisten skriker etter Guds hjelp midt i rettssaken. Og Paulus bruker dette verset til å gjøre sitt poeng at ingenting kan angre hva Gud har gjort for oss i Kristus.

En av de mest slående ting er at etter å nevne forferdelige ting: blir drept, blir slaktet, Paulus sier selv i de tingene vi er erobrere. Selv når vi taper, vi vinne. Selv når vi blir erobret av denne falne verden, vi er fortsatt seier ved Jesus. De små daglige kamper ikke avgjøre vår skjebne, fordi krigen er allerede vunnet. Betyr ikke det gi deg utrolig håp? Hvis vi er i Kristus, vi egentlig ikke kan tape.

Kan være, som meg, du er i en sesong med store vanskeligheter. Jeg vil oppfordre deg noen måter jeg tenke på denne sannheten.

1. Ikke bare se på deg

Når jeg tilbringe dagen min med fokus på min svakhet og brummende i mitt hjerte, Jeg bare mate min motløshet og drivstoff min falsk følelse av håpløshet. Når jeg stirrer på meg tror jeg at jeg har mistet, men når jeg stirrer på Jesus jeg minnet på at jeg vinner. Da han ble beseiret sine fiender, han ble beseiret dem på våre vegne.

2. Ikke bare se på nå

Hvis jeg bare fokusere på i dag eller de siste årene, Jeg er fristet til å tro at dette er hvordan det vil alltid være. Men Jesus har kjøpt utrolige ting for meg på korset at jeg ikke har expereienced ennå. Jeg vet at Gud ufullkomment nå, men jeg blir kjent med ham perfekt senere. Han vil også gi meg en helt ny kropp og tørke bort mine tårer.

Vi kan også bli fristet til å fokusere på de som synes å være å vinne nå. De som ikke har de samme prøvelser og tilbakeslag som alltid ser ut til å plage oss. Men laget som vinner i tredje kvartal er ikke alltid det laget som vinner til slutt. Mange mennesker synes å være å vinne de daglige kamper, men de har ikke stolt på den som har vunnet krigen. Ikke bare se på nå.

Søt seier

Michael Jordan er fortsatt en av de største og mest populære vinnere vi noensinne har sett. Men det er større gevinster skal hatt. Og ingen av oss har det som trengs for å vinne krigen selv; bare Kristus kan gjøre det. Han beseiret alle våre fiender for oss: uten, Satan, og døden selv. Alt som trengs for å bli med på laget og dra nytte av hans seire er å snu fra synd og stole på Frelseren. Hvem som helst, selv de svakeste blant oss kan være vinnere.

Dette er sannheten som var i mitt hjerte da jeg skrev disse ordene i “Søt seier”:

Seierherren er ikke den som er å vinne syvende inning
Trophies ikke gå til de som fikk en god begynnelse
Når jeg sier jeg vinner jeg mener ikke denne dagen jeg er i
Jeg mener den dagen da de grå himmel fade ut, da er jeg vinne fordi jeg regjere med ham

Sørg for å plukke opp en kopi av “Stige” når det kommer ut 10.27.14!

AKSJER

36 kommentarer

  1. LiamSvare

    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 JonesSvare

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

  3. SteveLSvare

    Tur, 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. LydiaSvare

    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. DeniseSvare

    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 LowerySvare

    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. PatrickSvare

    Tur, 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. VinceSvare

    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. CharlanaSvare

    Hei Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “Søt seier”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Gud velsigne deg & your family & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterSvare

    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. Så, 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. christianSvare

    Tur! 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. MitchSvare

    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. MackenderSvare

    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. ClantonSvare

    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. isaiahSvare

    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. GabeTavianoSvare

    Thanks for being transparent, Tur. 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. ChristyCappSvare

    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. JesusSvare

    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” eller “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. AshleySvare

    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. RachelSvare

    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. Takk skal du ha!

  21. Julia RubbedSvare

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

  22. DinaSvare

    Tur, 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. DiSvare

    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. GabkySvare

    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. LatashaSvare

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

    Nåde og fred,
    Tasha F.

  26. TTuniqueSvare

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

    Tur,
    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. BurtonSvare

    Tur,
    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. FemiSvare

    Tur, 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. NateSvare

    Tur,
    Chronic Fatigue has plagued my life from when I was 13 eller 14 years old all the way up until only a matter of weeks ago (jeg er 28 nå). 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. ThomLomasSvare

    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. Thanks again, Gud velsigne.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezSvare

    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. romerne 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. Gud velsigne deg,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.