‘The Lord is the strength of my life.’ Psalm 27:1 NKJV
Author Jon Gordon says: ‘There was a time [as children] when we jumped from the jungle gym and went on roller coaster rides. No goal was unattainable. Then the doubters dissuaded us from going after our dreams… “You’re crazy… it’s too hard… play it safe… dreams weren’t meant for people like us.” They instilled their insecurities in us… and with so many people saying we can’t… and so few saying we can, we let fear into our lives. We’re so scared of losing what we have that we don’t go after what we want. We hold on so tightly to the status quo that we never experience what could be… I call this “playing to lose”. We see it in sports. When a team has the lead, they start thinking about how not to lose instead of how to win. They play safe and scared while the other team takes chances, plays without fear, and wins.
‘David said, “The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Living a life [of faith] means overcoming fear and adopting a “play to win” mindset… one that says even if you do fail you won’t give up or let your dreams die. Success isn’t automatically given to us, it’s pursued with all the energy and sweat we can muster. Obstacles and struggles are part of life… they make us appreciate success. If everything came easy we’d never know how it feels to succeed. Obstacles were meant to be overcome. Fear was meant to be conquered. Success was meant to be achieved. They’re part of life, and those who succeed refuse to give up till the game is over.’
SoulFood: Jer 45–48, Matt 6:9–18, Ps 110, Pro 15:8–9
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023