När Vinnare ser ut som förlorare

Vad gör vinnare ser ut? Är de lång eller kort? Svart eller vitt? Stark eller svag? Jag antar att det beror på vad vi menar med “vinnare.”

Jag sögs in historien om en vinnare den senaste månaden som läser en lång, men engagerande biografi av Michael Jordan. Den detaljerade konto påminde mig varför många människors besatthet med honom gränsar till hjältedyrkan. Många saker kan sägas om “hans Airness” men ingen kunde någonsin göra anspråk på att han inte är en vinnare. Såg han ut som en vinnare innan han fick alla dessa mästerskap ringar, dock?

När du läst boken, det verkade klart från sin barndom att han skulle vara en mästare. Oavsett om det var hans enastående spel som en liten liga kanna eller som junior universitets- basketspelare; hans high school tillväxt spurt eller hans spel vinnande skott under sitt första år med UNC.

Vid tiden jag fick till kapitlen om hans mästerskap som Chicago Bulls, Det fanns inga överraskningar. Författaren berättade sin historia på ett sätt som gjorde det klart: Jordan var född att vara en vinnare. Och det är vad vi känner honom för: vinnande sex mästerskap ringar, fem MVP, och 14 All Star framträdanden (att inte tala om sin oemotsagda regeringstid i sportskon spelet).

Denna typ av obestridda regeringstid är vad som vanligtvis kommer att tänka på först när vi tror “vinnare.” Men jag vill att vi ska lämna utrymme för en annan typ av vinnare. Den typ av vinnare som inte har alla förutsättningar att bli en mästare. Den typ av vinnaren, vars svagheter är mer anmärkningsvärt än hans styrkor. Den typ av vinnare som ser mer ut som en förlorare ibland.

erövrade, men erövra

Jag ska vara ärlig med dig. De senaste två åren har varit fantastisk på många sätt, men de har också varit ganska hårt. Jag har haft en stark äktenskap och början av två små liv. Jag har uppleva glädjen av pastorala minsitry i en frisk kyrka. Men jag har också plågats med svaghet. Det är svårt för utomstående att säga ibland eftersom jag verkar göra så många bra saker. Men om du bara kunde se lite närmare.

Jag har kroniskt trötthetssyndrom. jag vet, Jag hade aldrig hört talas om det innan någon. Kanske är det därför när det slog mig att det kändes mer som en sucker punch än en organiserad bout. I början verkligen handikappad me- jag var bara vaken i sex timmar om dagen, och utmattad för andra arton. Under det kommande året fick bättre, men det kvar mig ett skal av vad jag brukade vara. Jag har bott de senaste sju åren med en neverending trötthet. Jag ärligt talat inte kan komma ihåg förra gången jag kände rested- som mitt batteri dog, men aldrig laddas.

Energi som bränslet som driver varje område av våra liv. Vi behöver det för varje uppgift, varje konversation, varje tanke. Och när det bränsle är låg, allt lider. Av någon anledning, min kropp låter mig inte tanka. Istället min tank dröjer precis ovanför “E,” och jag försöker göra det genom. Det lämnade mig halta genom varje område i mitt liv.

Jag berätta allt detta, inte för din sympati, men att utmana hur du tänker. Vissa kan titta på missade deadlines, the discouraging days, the occasional tension in my marriage, och tror, “Man, den här killen förlorar just nu.” Det känns säkert som att förlora när jag måste förändra mitt liv planer ännu en gång eller berätta för min son, “Pappa för trött för att spela just nu.” Jag skulle ljuga om jag sa att det inte var nedslående och försöker. Än, Jag hävdar fortfarande min söta seger.

Nej, Jag är inte den övermänskliga stark typ av vinnare; Jag är faktiskt ganska svag. Jag är en annan typ av vinnare. Och jag misstänker att många av er är också.

En annan typ av Winner

Jag har seger, men inte på grund av min styrka har säkrat det. Min seger händer trots mina svagheter, även mina synder. Jag är inte segraren som besegrade fiender och säkrade segern; Jag egentligen bara fått det. Jag har seger i Jesus.

Paul uttrycker det så här i Rom:

Som det står skrivet, "För din skull vi dödas hela dagen lång; Vi betraktas som slaktfår. "Nej, i alla dessa saker vi är mer än erövrare genom honom som älskade oss” (romarna 8:36-37).

Paul citerar Psalm 44, där psalmisten ropar efter Guds hjälp mitt i rättegång. Och Paulus använder denna vers för att göra sin poäng att ingenting kan ångra vad Gud har gjort för oss i Kristus.

En av de mest slående sakerna är att efter nämna fruktansvärda saker: dödas, slaktas, Paulus säger även i de saker vi är erövrare. Även när vi förlorar, vi vinner. Även när vi blir erövrades av denna fallna värld, vi fortfarande seger genom Jesus. De små dagliga strider inte avgöra vårt öde, eftersom kriget har redan vunnits. Inte att ge dig otroligt hopp? Om vi ​​är i Kristus, vi verkligen inte kan förlora.

Kanske, som jag, du är i en säsong av stora svårigheter. Jag vill uppmuntra dig med några sätt jag tänka på denna sanning.

1. Inte bara titta på dig

När jag tillbringar min dag med fokus på min svaghet och muttra i mitt hjärta, Jag bara mata min missmod och bränsle min falsk känsla av hopplöshet. När jag stirrar på mig jag tror att jag har förlorat, men när jag stirrar på Jesus Jag påminns att jag vinner. När han besegra sina fiender, han besegra dem för vår räkning.

2. Inte bara titta på nu

Om jag bara fokusera på i dag eller de senaste åren, Jag är frestad att tror att det är hur det kommer alltid att vara. Men Jesus köpte otroliga saker för mig på korset som jag inte har expereienced ännu. Jag vet att Gud ofullständigt nu, men jag lär känna honom perfekt senare. Han kommer även att ge mig en helt ny kropp och torka bort alla mina tårar.

Vi kan också frestas att fokusera på dem som verkar vara vinnande nu. De som inte har samma prövningar och motgångar som alltid verkar plåga oss. Men det lag som är att vinna i det tredje kvartalet är inte alltid laget som vinner i slutändan. Många människor verkar vara att vinna den dagliga strider, men de har inte litat på den som har vunnit kriget. Inte bara titta på nu.

Ljuva seger

Michael Jordan är fortfarande en av de största och mest populära vinnare som vi någonsin har sett. Men det finns större vinster att vara hade. Och ingen av oss har vad som krävs för att vinna kriget själva; Endast Kristus kan göra det. Han besegrade alla våra fiender för oss: utan, satan, och döden själv. Allt som krävs för att gå med i laget och dra nytta av hans segrar vänder från synd och lita på Frälsaren. Någon, även de svagaste bland oss ​​kan vara vinnare.

Detta är den sanning som var i mitt hjärta när jag skrev dessa ord i “Ljuva seger”:

Segraren är inte det som är vinnande sjunde inningen
Troféer inte gå till de som fick en bra början
När jag säger att jag vinner jag menar inte denna dag är jag i
Jag menar den dagen då de grå himmel tona ut, då jag vinna för jag regera med honom

Se till att plocka upp en kopia av “Resa sig” när det kommer ut 10.27.14!

AKTIER

36 kommentarer

  1. LiamSvar

    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 JonesSvar

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

  3. SteveLSvar

    Resa, 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. LydiaSvar

    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. DeniseSvar

    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 LowerySvar

    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. PatrickSvar

    Resa, 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. VinceSvar

    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. CharlanaSvar

    Hey Trip,

    I truly enjoy your song “Ljuva seger”, it stays on repeat & I look forward to hearing the rest of the CD. Gud välsigne dig & your family & continued success to you!

  10. ChesterSvar

    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. christianSvar

    Resa! 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. MitchSvar

    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. MackenderSvar

    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. ClantonSvar

    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. isaiahSvar

    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. GabeTavianoSvar

    Thanks for being transparent, Resa. 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. ChristyCappSvar

    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. JesusSvar

    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. AshleySvar

    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. Tack för att du delar, 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. RachelSvar

    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. Tack!

  21. Julia RiebSvar

    Resa (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. Tack!
    And congratulations to you and the Mrs. on the new little one. Whether he (or her) is born or not. :) Love you guys!

  22. DinaSvar

    Resa, 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. DiSvar

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

  24. GabkySvar

    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. LatashaSvar

    This blog post was such a blessing to me. Ofta, I don’t feel understood by family, vänner, 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. TTuniqueSvar

    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. TimSvar

    Resa,
    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. BurtonSvar

    Resa,
    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. femiSvar

    Resa, 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. NateSvar

    Resa,
    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 (Jag är 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.

    Fortsätt så. I’ll be praying for you.

  31. ThomLomasSvar

    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 välsigna.

    -Thom L.

  32. Brandon MartinezSvar

    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. romarna 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 välsigne dig,your wife,and children in all your days and all you do.