Quando vencedores Look Like Losers

O que vencedores parecer? eles são altos ou baixos? Preto ou branco? Forte ou fraco? Eu acho que isso depende do que se entende por “vencedora.”

I foi sugado para a história de um vencedor este mês passado como ler uma longa, mas biografia envolvente de Michael Jordan. A conta detalhada me fez lembrar por que a obsessão de muitas pessoas com ele beira o culto do herói. Muitas coisas podem ser dito sobre “His Airness” mas ninguém poderia afirmar que ele não é um vencedor. Como ele era um vencedor antes de ele obteve todos esses anéis de campeonato, embora?

Enquanto você lê o livro, parecia claro desde a sua infância que ele seria um campeão. Se esse era o seu excelente jogo como um pequeno jarro liga ou como um jogador de basquete júnior do time do colégio; o surto de crescimento do ensino médio ou o seu jogo de tiro de vencimento durante o seu primeiro ano com UNC.

Até o momento eu tenho que os capítulos sobre seus campeonatos como um Chicago Bulls, não houve surpresas. O autor contou sua história de uma forma que deixou claro: Jordan nasceu para ser um vencedor. E isso é o que nós sabemos o por: ganhando seis anéis de campeonato, cinco MVPs, e 14 All Star aparências (para não mencionar o seu reinado incontestável no jogo atlético sapato).

Este tipo de reinado incontestado é o que normalmente vem à mente em primeiro lugar quando pensamos “vencedora.” Mas eu quero-nos a deixar espaço para outro tipo de vencedor. O tipo de vencedor que não tem todos os ingredientes de um campeão. O tipo de vencedor cujas fraquezas são mais notável do que os seus pontos fortes. O tipo de vencedor, que mais parece um perdedor, por vezes,.

conquistada, mas Conquistando

Eu vou ser honesto com você. Os últimos dois anos têm sido surpreendentes em muitas maneiras, mas também tenho sido muito difícil. Eu gostei de um casamento forte e o início de duas vidas pequenas. Eu tenho experimentar a alegria de Minsitry pastoral em uma igreja saudável. Mas também tenho sido atormentado com fraqueza. É difícil para pessoas de fora para dizer, por vezes, porque eu parecem estar fazendo tantas coisas boas. Mas se você só podia ver um pouco mais perto.

Eu tenho a síndrome da fadiga crônica. eu sei, Eu nunca tinha ouvido falar dele antes de qualquer um. Talvez por isso, quando ele me bateu me senti mais como um perfurador de otário do que um ataque organizado. No começo ele realmente deficiente me- I foi apenas acordado por seis horas por dia, e esgotado para o outro de dezoito. Durante o próximo ano o fez ficar melhor, mas ainda me deixou uma sombra do que eu costumava ser. Eu vivi os últimos sete anos, com um cansaço sem fim. Eu honestamente não me lembro a última vez que me senti rested- como a minha bateria morreu, mas nunca recarregada.

Energia é como o combustível que alimenta todas as áreas da nossa vida. Precisamos dele para cada tarefa, cada conversa, cada pensamento. E quando esse combustível é baixa, tudo sofre. Por algum motivo, meu corpo não me deixa reabastecer. Em vez disso meu tanque permanece bem acima “E,” e eu tento fazê-lo através. Está me deixou mancando através de todas as áreas da minha vida.

Digo-te tudo isso, não para sua simpatia, mas para desafiar como você pensa. Alguns podem olhar para os prazos não cumpridos, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, e pensar, “Homem, esse cara está perdendo agora.” Com certeza é como perder quando eu tenho que mudar meus planos de vida mais uma vez ou dizer ao meu filho, “do papai muito cansado para jogar agora.” Eu estaria mentindo se eu dissesse que não era desanimador e tentando. Ainda, Eu ainda reivindicar meu doce vitória.

Não, Eu não sou o tipo forte sobre-humana de vencedor; Na verdade eu sou muito fraco. Eu sou um tipo diferente de vencedor. E eu suspeito que muitos de vocês são demasiado.

Um tipo diferente de Winner

Eu tenho a vitória, mas não porque a minha força garantiu que. Minha vitória acontece apesar das minhas fraquezas, mesmo os meus pecados. Eu não sou o vencedor que derrotou inimigos e garantiu a vitória; Eu realmente só recebeu. Eu tenho a vitória em Jesus.

Paulo coloca assim em Romanos:

Como está escrito:, "Por amor de ti somos entregues à morte o dia todo; somos considerados como ovelhas para o matadouro. "Não, em todas estas coisas somos mais do que vencedores, por meio daquele que nos amou” (Romanos 8:36-37).

Paulo cita o Salmo 44, onde o salmista clama por ajuda de Deus no meio do julgamento. E Paulo usa esse versículo para fazer seu ponto que nada pode desfazer o que Deus fez por nós em Cristo.

Uma das coisas mais impressionantes é que depois de mencionar coisas terríveis: sendo mortos, serem abatidos, Paul diz que mesmo nessas coisas somos mais que vencedores. Mesmo quando perdemos, nós estamos ganhando. Mesmo quando estamos sendo conquistada por esse mundo caído, permanecemos vencedores, por Jesus. As pequenas batalhas diárias não determinam nosso destino, porque a guerra já foi ganha. Isso não lhe trazer esperança incrível? Se estamos em Cristo, nós realmente não pode perder.

Talvez, Como eu, você está em uma temporada de grande dificuldade. Quero encorajá-lo com algumas maneiras que eu penso a respeito dessa verdade.

1. Não basta olhar para você

Quando eu passar meu dia concentrando-se em minha fraqueza e resmungando no meu coração, Eu só alimentar o meu desânimo e abastecer meu falsa sensação de desesperança. Quando eu olhar para mim eu acho que eu perdi, mas quando eu olho para Jesus Lembro-me que eu ganhar. Quando ele foi derrotar seus inimigos, ele estava derrotando-os em nosso nome.

2. Não basta olhar para agora

Se eu só focar hoje ou nestes últimos anos, Estou tentado a pensar que é assim que sempre será. Mas Jesus comprou coisas inacreditáveis ​​para mim na cruz que eu ainda não expereienced. Eu sei que Deus imperfeitamente agora, mas eu conhecê-lo perfeitamente tarde. Ele vai mesmo me dar um novo corpo de marca e enxugar todas as minhas lágrimas.

Nós também podemos ser tentados a se concentrar sobre aqueles que parecem estar ganhando agora. Aqueles que não têm as mesmas dificuldades e contratempos que parecem sempre nos afligem. Mas o time que está vencendo no terceiro trimestre não é sempre a equipa que vence no final. Muitas pessoas parecem estar ganhando as batalhas diárias, mas eles não confiava naquele que ganhou a guerra. Não basta olhar para agora.

Doce vitória

Michael Jordan continua a ser um dos maiores e mais populares vencedores que já vimos. Mas há vitórias maiores a ser tidos. E nenhum de nós tem o que é preciso para ganhar a guerra nos; só Cristo pode fazer isso. Ele derrotou todos os nossos inimigos para nós: sem, satã, e a própria morte. Tudo o que é preciso para se juntar à equipe e beneficiar de suas vitórias está abandonando o pecado e confiando no Salvador. Alguém, mesmo os mais fracos entre nós podem ser vencedores.

Esta é a verdade que estava em meu coração quando eu escreveu estas palavras no “Doce vitória”:

O vencedor não é aquele que está ganhando sétima vez
Troféus não vá para os que tem um bom começo
Quando eu digo eu ganhar eu não quero dizer hoje eu estou em
Quero dizer que, dia em que os céus cinzentos desaparecer, então eu estou ganhando porque eu reinar com ele

Certifique-se de pegar uma cópia do “Subir” quando ele sai 10.27.14!

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36 comentários

  1. LiamResposta

    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 JonesResposta

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

  3. SteveLResposta

    Viagem, 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. LydiaResposta

    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. DeniseResposta

    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, Um homem.

  6. duran LoweryResposta

    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. PatrickResposta

    Viagem, 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. VinceResposta

    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. CharlanaResposta

    Hey viagem,

    I truly enjoy your song “Doce vitória”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Deus te abençoê & your family & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterResposta

    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. assim, 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. christianResposta

    Viagem! 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. MitchResposta

    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. MackenderResposta

    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. ClantonResposta

    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. isaiahResposta

    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. GabeTavianoResposta

    Thanks for being transparent, Viagem. 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. ChristyCappResposta

    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. JesusResposta

    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 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. AshleyResposta

    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. Obrigado por compartilhar, 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. RachelResposta

    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. Obrigado!

  21. Julia RiebResposta

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

  22. DinaResposta

    Viagem, 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, Mano!

  23. DiResposta

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

  24. GabkyResposta

    Uau. 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. LatashaResposta

    This blog post was such a blessing to me. Frequentemente, I don’t feel understood by family, amigos, 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. TTuniqueResposta

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

    Viagem,
    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. BurtonResposta

    Viagem,
    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. FemiResposta

    Viagem, 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. NateResposta

    Viagem,
    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 (Eu estou 28 agora). 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. ThomLomasResposta

    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, Deus abençoe.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezResposta

    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. eu sou 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. Romanos 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. Deus te abençoê,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.