Beginning in April of 1961 through January 3, 1998, Saturday afternoons were introduced by Jim McKay "... spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of sports ... the thrill of victory ... and the agony of defeat ... the human drama of athletic competition ... This is ABC's Wide World of Sports."
I think Jim had it backwards. There is so much more potential for agony in victory. And defeat can catalyze positive change.
Victories often lead to the celebration of self. Winning leaders can become independent of God and begin to believe "I can do anything."
It is in defeat that we might be more likely to cry out, "Help me Lord, I can't do this without you."
Man seems to place a lot of emphasis on winning and losing. Competitors pray to win on both sides of the field. We even use the label "loser" to describe others who don't measure up to certain standards or expectations. I don't believe the word "loser" is in the Bible. The word "lost" is certainly a focus of the New Testament.
Are losers lost? I don't find the word "winner" in the Bible, either. Perhaps man-made labels don't translate well from ancient manuscripts.
I'm reminded of David's second attack on the Philistines. David had shamed the Philistines in a previous battle. David had just been anointed king of Israel. The Philistines planned a new attack.
David went to the Lord about how to win again. Lesser kings may have attacked the Philistines using the winning battle plan from the first attack. It's hard to change a winning game plan.
David waited on the Lord to provide direction even after a convincing victory. This is a model of leadership.
A chest-pounding "winner" may have simply charged on ahead to certain doom. The Lord showed David a new path to victory.
David didn't bask in the thrill of victory. Victory can cloud judgment.
As we span the globe to win the lost, we can't be dependent upon how we have won other victories. We cannot do what we've always done simply because we seemed to be winning.
We must wail for a fresh anointing. We need Him more today than yesterday.
Who will tell the winners they are losing?
P.S. Do you subscribe to Ministry Today? Will you please consider doing it?
With the link below you will receive my special publisher's offer. Our baseline subscription is $24.97. My offer to you is a one-year subscription (6 issues) for $10.00.
I'd like to know what you think of Ministry Today and would love to hear from you.
Please click here today for the Dr. Greene special.
Once again, the Philistines went up and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the Lord, He said, 'You shall not go up. Circle around behind them and come against them opposite the trees. When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the trees, pay attention, because at that point the Lord is going before you to defeat the army of the Philistines.' So David did just as the Lord commanded, and he defeated the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer" (2 Sam 5:22-25).
Platform Tip No. 71
Platform work is not a transaction. We live to give. We don't give to get. That's a transaction.
We don't step onto any platform asking "is this worth my time?" Is the audience large enough for me to share my message?
We are called to a platform to deliver a message of hope.
And we do it again tomorrow.
Do you want to learn more about developing your personal platform?
Send for my free series of lessons titled, "The Fundamentals of Creating, Curating and Developing Content for Multiple Platforms." Send your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will not share your email address with anyone.
Dr. Steve Greene is the publisher and executive vice president of the media group at Charisma Media and executive producer of the Charisma Podcast Network. His book, Love Leads: The Spiritual Connection Between Your Relationships and Productivity, is now available.
Leaders, Dr. Greene wants to help you understand the spiritual connection between relationships and productivity. Read his new blog, here.
Get Spirit-filled content delivered right to your inbox! Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.
Dr. Steve Greene is now sharing stories, teachings, and conversations with guests who lead with love on Love Leads, a new podcast. Listen now.
Dr. Mark Rutland's
National Institute of Christian Leadership (NICL)
The NICL is one of the top leadership training programs in the U.S. taught by Dr. Mark Rutland. If you're the type of leader that likes to have total control over every aspect of your ministry and your future success, the NICL is right for you!
FREE NICL MINI-COURSE - Enroll for 3-hours of training from Dr. Rutland's full leadership course. Experience the NICL and decide if this training is right for you and your team.Do you feel stuck? Do you feel like you’re not growing? Do you need help from an expert in leadership? There is no other leadership training like the NICL. Gain the leadership skills and confidence you need to lead your church, business or ministry. Get ready to accomplish all of your God-given dreams. CLICK HERE for NICL training dates and details.
The NICL Online is an option for any leader with time or schedule constraints. It's also for leaders who want to expedite their training to receive advanced standing for Master Level credit hours. Work through Dr. Rutland's full training from the comfort of your home or ministry at your pace. Learn more about NICL Online. Learn more about NICL Online.