by Robert Goff, Jr.
In our efforts to teach our children how to prioritize their values, we often caution, “Winning isn’t everything.” Certainly, that is a true statement in most realms of our lives.
Winning a ball game is more fun than losing, but it isn’t everything. Winning a contest at school is important to young people (and their parents), but we all must understand that some of the most important lessons in life are learned when we don’t win.
But, there is one realm where winning is everything. In fact, to lose in this realm of our lives is to lose everything.
We are talking about our souls and eternal life. The apostle Paul said he counted all things (in this life) loss, even dung/rubbish, that he might “win” Christ (Philippians 3:8 KJV). Paul understood that when it came to his eternal soul, winning was everything and to lose his soul was to lose everything.
Paul must have been familiar with the concept of sports, at least when it came to running. He said in 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 that all run in the race, but one receives the prize. He goes on to say that runners in races here run for a “perishable crown,” but Christians are running for an imperishable one.
The guaranteed way to win our race, and remember, winning is everything, is to
Practice self-discipline so as not to become disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27);
Stay focused on the goal and finish the race (2 Timothy 4:7);
Never lose confidence in what we can do through Christ (Philippians 4:13);
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might” (Philippians 6:10).