Winning in life is not about meeting great obstacles and overcoming them: it’s about navigating the challenges of everyday living, with courage and determination, on the good days and the bad days.
David didn’t defeat Goliath because he was a great anointed king-to-be. He defeated Goliath because he consistently defeated the predators that attacked his sphere of influence in his day-to-day living. He was fond of overcoming daily challenges in his line of work. It made sense to kill a bear/lion that tried to attack his sheep, so of course it made sense to annihilate a vile opponent that was trying to attack the people of God.
I don’t think David was busy thinking “Oh this is going to be one of history’s most famous battles ever, so I better try to be impressive.” I don’t even think he was seeing it as some more intense battle than the everyday protection of sheep. It’s just what he always did. It was like clock work: I cannot let this punk intimidate the people of God when I don’t allow lions and bears terrorize my sheep. And that is how we win. By the determination to do what we do everyday with diligence.
When overcoming becomes a habit, the size of the challenge doesn’t matter. We may not even notice the enormity of the situation. We just know that it is our lifestyle to overcome, so we do it. Not because anything is big or small but because we ARE overcomers either way.
When overcoming becomes a habit, the size of the challenge doesn’t matter.
Isn’t it a bit silly that the husband who buys annual trips to Paris and other fancy places for he and his wife cannot take out the trash? When their marriage is falling apart and he cannot ‘believe’ it, it is even more ridiculous. In his mind, he has done all these ‘amazing things’ for her, but he doesn’t realize that winning in marriage is not about annual splurges: it’s about what is being built in everyday living. You can’t substitute once-a-year traditions for supporting your spouse in everyday life. 14 days of foreign merriment cannot make up for the other 351 days of the year where you have not been considerate of your spouse. When you consistently take out the trash as arranged, your marriage has a greater chance of succeeding even if you never go to Paris. Of course you may add to all this by going to Paris, but it will only be icing on the cake, not the ‘secret’ to a successful relationship.
My point here is two-fold:
First, I want you to know that you are a winner simply because you are overcoming daily challenges. You may not feel like you’re doing ‘BIG’ things, but you are! You are cultivating the habit of overcoming, so today is a good day to give yourself a pat on the back. Keep up the good work and no battle will seem too great.
Secondly, don’t expect to just win some sizable battle when you have not built courage and a mindset of overcoming. I am not asking you to panic in expectation of failure, if you haven’t been training to win. I am saying today is a good day to start being diligent in everyday living, so that you can build the capacity to win ‘BIG’ as needed.
Today has enough troubles of its own. Leave tomorrow alone and win today. Then win again tomorrow when you get there. A winner isn’t someone who won once, but someone who consistently wins.
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