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Guest Blog From Verne Harnish, EO Barcelona member and founding partner of Gazelles, Inc.

Companies that build teams with strong moral character win. Their teams are happier, perform better and are more successful overall.

This bold claim stems from the work of Jim Loehr, renowned performance psychologist and author of the book The Only Way to Win. Loehr´s research, which in part is based on his experience taking 16 world-class athletes to number one in their sport and working with thousands of “corporate athletes,”  shows that the satisfaction we get from achieving extrinsic accomplishments (number one in tennis, a new job, winning a deal, building a company) is mostly shallow and fleeting.

Instead, what gives us a long lasting feeling of fulfillment and happiness is having practiced integrity, generosity, gratefulness, humility, optimism, and compassion in the pursuit of these goals. CEOs with the mindset of a “servant leader” are in a unique position to support the development of these strengths.

 

CHARACTER STRENGTHS WIN IN SPORTS

Loehr recently founded a junior tennis academy at his Human Performance Institute. On their first day, the students hear: “We care about your tennis but care more about who you become because of tennis. Our most important imperative at this academy is winning with character.”

Working from a list of moral strengths, the students are required to journal about lessons learned that day, on and off the court. Not surprisingly, this has helped their performance. All 15 students going through the program are currently nationally ranked.

 

… AND IN BUSINESS

What Loehr has learned works in business, as well. After the tragic loss of his wife, Jay Steinfeld, founder and CEO of Blinds.com, reached a turning point.  “My future really began to take shape only when I began to define my success as being in the act of continuous improvement and improving the lives of others around me,” he recalls.

Realizing, as he put it, that he was “an overly burdensome micromanager, always finding fault in others,” he concentrated on identifying and recognizing the successes of his team. As he became more empathetic, his team relaxed—and performed better. To help his employees to stick with their own self-improvement goals, he put up a white board where individuals could share such commitments

As the company has grown increasingly successful—it is now the world’s largest online retailer for window blinds and shades, with $120 million in annual revenue and 180 employees—Steinfeld has tried to help his team stay true to its humble beginnings. He personally brings new recruits to a run-down alleyway in Houston where the thriving company had its first office back in 1996. There, he shares the history and core values of the company. He even built a reproduction of the alleyway at the company’s new offices.

“This way, we keep our humble history fresh in our minds and it also reinforces our core value ´Help People Achieve What They Never Thought They Could,’ ” he explains.

 

ANDRE AGASSI’S DAILY JOURNEY

Andre Agassi shares in his memoirs how writing down his goals every morning and how he wants to achieve them that day helped him gain that “steely resolve” that brought him back to the #1 spot in world tennis. “After putting them on paper, saying them out a loud, I also say aloud: `No shortcuts.’”

As Loehr emphasizes, Agassi’s reinvention of himself—from an obnoxious player who became number one but hated his fame and wealth and at one point battled drug addiction—to “the compassionate, generous, thoughtful and humble person he is today,” as Loehr puts it, shows how moral character development ultimately supports performance. When he focused on improving himself, he came back as number one and was happier.

As a servant leader, consider how you might use your company as a vehicle for building your own character strengths and those of your team. The results will likely astound you.

 

Read more: http://blog.eonetwork.org/2013/10/moral-character-wins/#ixzz3JwaFqVP2

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As an undergrad, I majored in land use planning at the University of Maryland, College Park (Go Terps!).  I graduated with 124 credits, and half of them were in my major.  I also minored in sociology. I loved my major and wanted to spend all of my time and energy in classes that would teach me about my major. But it was alright to take a few classes in my minor. But only a few.  Because I didn’t need to spend a whole lot of time in my minor. And The problem with many college students in general and many more people in specific is that they major in the minors and minor in the majors.

The fault of most and the failure of many is that they major in the minors and minor in the majors.  We tend to focus on light and little, flimsy and flippant  noiseless nothings instead of the weight of glory.  And no self-respecting baseball player wants to stay in the minor league. Every minor league player aspires to rise and be called up to the big, or major league.

“Majoring in the minors” is used to describe someone focusing on the unimportant things (“minors”) rather than the more important (“major”) issues. The context is usually along the lines of focusing on the wrong thing, making a mountain out of a molehill, etc.  It can be construed as stupid nit-picking, going down a rabbit hole, or any other deviation/distraction from the main point/purpose.

The Third Day is the foundation of our faith and the bedrock of our belief.  On the Third Day Jesus rose from the dead.  This very meaningful and vitally momentous, magnanimous event was a “game changer.”  Jesus rose from the dead, just like He said he would.  The Old Testament of the Bible is full of prophecies and promises, predictions and  prayers all centered around and focused on the Messiah. For those of you who don’t yet believe, consider these predictive prophecies about the Third Day:

On the third day — “Abraham looked up and saw the place [Mount Moriah] from afar.” There he intends to offer his son Isaac as a burnt offering to God. Yet he assures his companions, “We will worship and return.” (Genesis 22:4-5)

On the third day — Pharaoh releases his chief cupbearer from death-row. (Genesis 40:20-21)

On the third day — Joseph releases his brothers from prison in Egypt. (Genesis 42:17-18)

On the third day — God descends to Mount Sinai in fire with the sound of a shofar. He then reveals The Ten Words, Israel’s constitution of new life as a nation after their resurrection from the death of slavery in Egypt. (Exodus 19:16-19)

On the third day — Joshua’s spies emerge from hiding from the Jerichoites, then return to their commander. (Joshua 2:16, 22)

On the third day — after asking God for release, King Hezekiah is healed of his fatal disease and offers thanks in the temple. (2 Kings 20:5)

On the third day — Jonah is expelled from the fish belly. (Jonah 1:17) (Matt 12:40; cf Matt 16:21; 17:23)

On the third day — After fasting, Esther puts on royal apparel and enters the palace of the Persian king in order to thwart a death-plot against her people, the Jews. (Esther 4:16; 5:1)

And Jesus himself prophesied of himself to his disbelieving disciples:

“From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day.”  Matthew 16:21, KJV

As believers, our major focus is the Cross of Christ. The center of our attention and the axis of our attraction is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. We need to major in our major, not the minors.  Minors are denominationalism, sectarianism, creeds and customs, rites and rituals. 

The fault of most and the failure of many is that they major in the minors. The Love of God is our major!  The grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is our major!  The joy of the Lord is our major!  Let’s stop majoring in the minors, and minoring in our major.  Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. Jesus loves us, and we are His major. Let’s make Him ours as well.

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There are games that you just have to have. There are contests that you MUST win. There are battles that you are required to emerge victorious from. In other words, with some games, if you win, you’re in; but if you snooze, you lose. There are some games that are more important than others, and winning them makes all of the difference in the world.

Some games are a must win. Some games are non-negotiable. Sometimes you just have to win; and if you don’t win, you won’t survive.  Vince Lombardi said “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

The one game we must win is the war within. We must improve ourselves by victories over ourselves. There must be and will be a contest, and we must win.

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There are a number of “male chauvinists” out there who think a woman can’t do what a man can do. Spiritually speaking, we are all one, meaning “there is no male nor female,” but we are one big happy family in Christ. This is true, to a point.

On the other hand, yes there are gender specific roles. Men can’t have babies, and women can’t procreate without help from a man, just to name a few. Men can’t be a mother, and woman can’t be a father. It just can’t be done.

But when it comes to being strong when things go wrong, and being sturdy and stable and heady and hardy and rugged and robust and resistant and resilient when the chips are down, we all can learn a lesson from the Niagara Woman’s Basketball team.

These girls taught us all a lesson on what everybody needs to learn how to do: “gut it out.” Spiritual strength is an inward asset. It is a God-given power that is neither fake nor phony, fabricated nor falsified; you’re either strong in the Lord or you’re not. And you can’t even pretend to be strong and full of faith because even dogs can smell fear.

This week, the Niagara Women’s Basketball team was stuck in a horrific, horrendous snow storm. Their bus was caught flat-footed in a blizzard as they tried to travel in 3-4 feet of snow outside of Buffalo New York. It may not seem like a big thing, but the bus was immobile for over a day, and some reports said they were stranded for up to 30 hours since embarking on their journey home after playing the University of Pittsburgh. Snow was falling at a rate of 4-5 inches an hour. The girls made do with granola bars, cookies, brownies and melted snow. There was no other food on board.

But when the bus went slow, and when the rations got low, you would think their spirits would also? Not so.

The girls did what we all need to learn to do: they gutted it out. There were no reports of complaining or whimpering or being grouchy or grumpy or crabby or crotchety. The gals just took it in stride and weathered the storm. While speaking with ESPN via cell phone, Head Coach Kendra Faustin refused to play the victim, preferring to acknowledge the plight of those in smaller cars as the snow continued to fall, inhibiting the National Guards ability to rescue the stranded.

So let’s learn the lesson that woman in scripture and in life continue to teach us. At one point or another, Sarah and Hannah, Ruth and Rachel, Esther and Elizabeth, and Abigail and Anna all had to tough it out. They all had to weather a storm and to continue to exist and not complain during a difficult period and to be all right despite experiencing serious problems or great difficulties.

So the next time you’re faced with a tough test or a rough road, remember the gals from the Niagara Woman’s Basketball team. They passed the test. They taught us that toughness is a spiritual thing. They taught us that gutting it out is not just for the “big boys” or the “tough guys;” it’s not just for “spiritual” people or for pastors and preachers; being strong in the Lord is something that we all must learn to do.

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Ephesians 6:10

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What’s wrong with the NBA?

I’ll tell you what’s wrong. The Philadelphia 76ers are 0-10, and since I’m from Philly, that’s a BIG problem!  The Los Angeles Lakers are 1-9, and therefore all of LA Land is in meltdown.  The Oklahoma City Thunder are 3-8 (sans Kevin Durant, 2013 NBA MVP), and The Los Angeles Clippers and Cleveland Cavaliers are 5-4. On the other hand, the Memphis Grizzlies are 10-1; the Toronto Raptors are 8-2; and the Washington Wizards are 7-2. Go figure. Age-old and perennial powerhouses are at the bottom of the heap, and wishful-thinking, wanna-be teams like the Wizards and Raptors (they were a good team a LONG time ago) are first place in their Division?  So what’s up with that?

LeBron James and Kevin Durant are what’s right with the NBA as they are the faces of the NBA franchise. One has won championships recently and the other is the reigning League MVP, but they can’t hold down the fort all by themselves. Durant is hurt and LeBron is back in Cleveland with a new team and new teammates who are trying to find themselves and figure it out.

What’s wrong with the NBA?  Who can watch these games?  It’s too early in the season to really pay attention, as most games end too late in the evening to stay up and watch. There’s too much competition from the NFL and college football, and there’s too little interest from middle-aged men like me to warrant any viable discussion about a bunch of overpaid, over privileged, over-hyped “kids” playing what amounts to a slowdown, one-on-one style of game with no “teamwork” in sight.

What’s wrong with the NBA? The great NBA legends of the game are long gone, such as Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Willis Reed, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, John Havlicek, and of course, the greats from my generation such as Dr. J, Moses Malone, David Robinson, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Hakeem Olajuwon, Bill Walton, George Gervin, and of course, Michael Jordan.   Without them, the game is just not the same.

So what’s right with the NBA? We still love the game and we will still watch, but not until after Christmas.  I mean, the regular season for the NBA is about as exciting and enthralling as watching paint dry. The new kids, such as Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose and of course LeBron James have charisma and chutzpah, but it’s just not the same as it was before. Many of the newbies in the League lack character and don’t have a reputation for being solid and stable people.

And many have a problem with Christianity as well, for just the same reasons. Many Christians lack muster and metal, moral fiber and spiritual muscle. The lack of integrity and veracity, legitimacy and authenticity turns people off. So, the challenge for Christians is to be true to the fundamentals and foundations, the nitty-gritty and nuts and bolts of our faith. 

I may be old-fashioned an old fuddy dud, but I believe that character still counts. I really don’t care how good you can play ball if you stink at playing the game of life.

PS: I thought this article (see below) spoke to why we as Christians are sometimes given the cold shoulder by unbelievers, because we should be willing and able to share our faith (the verb) with those who question and query our Faith (the noun).   Anybody?

Seven Common Comments Non-Christians Make About Christians

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Well! My Eagles learned a hard lesson by losing 53-20 to the red-hot Green Bay Packers and the even hotter Aaron Rogers at cold Lambeau Field, with those butt-ugly uniforms, no less. And by so doing they taught us an easy lesson in the process. Just last Monday Night, the Eagles (pronounced “Iggles” for all those of you outside of Philly) beat Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers up and down the field, 45 – 21, and it wasn’t that close. So we learn, as the old saying goes, that what goes around comes around. So be careful what you dish, because that’s what you’re going to be dealt.

Well-meaning Mark Sanchez looked lost, listless and lifeless as he managed to make mistake after mistake; he just couldn’t corral his confidence after he got cornered. Sanchez, and the entire Eagles team, for that matter, came off of the field time and again looking bewildered and befuddled, confused and confounded, like a dear staring into a pair of high beams. Now, predicting the Eagles to get to the Super Bowl, much less win it, will be a tough sell. And as the old country saying goes, “that’s just swell.”

Oh well. Right now, the Eagles smell. They stink to high heaven and their performance in front of the waiting, watching, wondering football world was no belle as they were a shell of what they showed us in recent weeks. So now it’s hard to tell how well they will rebound from this near death knell.

And the lesson to be learned, pray tell? Don’t let your emotions get the best of you, even when things don’t go your way. You can recover if you keep your wits about you. When you win big you’re primed and prone, subjectable and susceptible to lose big. It’s just the way it works. Because what goes around comes around. But your big loses don’t have to be fatal, nor do your bad loses have to be final.

Well intended athletes of every age and at every stage of the game must learn how to lose well. The problem is that when things start going south, most of us start panicking instead of persevering. And THEN we let our emotions get the best of us, and it gets out of hand – sometimes way out of hand. So the lesson here is to resolve to resist the temptation to give in, even when it appears that you should give up.

So, in the words of Aaron Rodgers, after they started the season 1-2, he said “R.E.L.A.X.!”

And this teaching on “Five Ways To Relax In God’s Grace” by Rick Warren was pretty good, so I’ll pass it on.

“Be careful that no one fails to receive God’s grace.” (Hebrews 12:15a NCV)

 How do you learn to “R.E.L.A.X.” in the liberating grace of God?

 
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The cover of this GQ Magazine is iconic. Mark Sanchez is now playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. And Michael Vick, the veteran QB who rewrote the book on comebacks, whom the Eagles signed in 2009 and let go this year, is now playing for the NY Jets. How ironic is that? But for now, we honor the veteran quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Mark Travis John Sanchez just had the best game of his professional career, ever. A six-year veteran, he was unceremoniously released by the New York Jets at the end of last season after having shoulder surgery. With no love lost between the Jets and Sanchez, the onetime franchise Phenom with a Five Year, $50 million dollar contract became a free agent rummaging for a paying job. But that was then, and this is now.

On Veterans Day eve, this valuable veteran valedictorian led his new team (the Eagles Baby!) to a dominant 45-21 victory over the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football. Sanchez finished with 20 completions on 37 attempts for 332 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. Not too shabby for a belated, back-up, substitute, surrogate quarterback who apparently has more than a little left in the tank.

Veteran Mark Sanchez just taught us all another laudable lesson in how to play the game of life: “Don’t Give In, Don’t Give Out, and Don’t Give Up.”

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Veterans don’t give in and don’t give up. First, don’t give in to what the naysayers say or what the critics bray. Giving in simply means you’re giving up. What if all of the veterans who won wars and vanquished villains and bashed bastions were quick to throw in the towel and give up the fight?  That’s right; perish the thought.

Mark Sanchez has learned to the lesson of what not to give out. We must be discreet and discerning about what we give and what we share. Everyone doesn’t need a piece of your mind. Don’t give out accolades too soon or criticism too early, as was the case with Sanchez’s NFL debut in 2009.  The Jets and the New York fans and just about everyone else expected oh so much from the USC star fresh off a Rose Bowl win over Penn State. And then when he didn’t consistently produce, they threw him under the bus.

Veterans don’t wear out. While Sanchez was with the Jets, the press pushed and pressed and heaped and heaved much too much on the college kid who many said wasn’t ready to start in the NFL as a rookie. Nonetheless, in 2009 Sanchez led the Jets to the playoffs and the AFC Championship game AS A ROOKIE. And so the moral of the story is that you don’t get respect, you earn it. And as a veteran, Sanchez has certainly earned the respect of this Philly fan and the respect of all of the Philly Faithful, and the rest of the NFL as well. And don’t think the Jets aren’t wondering why they let him go.

Mark Sanchez just may be the comeback kid of the year. He may have been down, but he was not out. When he could only look up, he did not give up. When he was cut, he didn’t cut and run. He has no quit in him. And last night, he came back and played for his new team and led them like a wily veteran should. And he had fun doing it. Sanchez looked like he was having the time of his life.  Games are to be played, and if you can’t have fun playing, you might as well not play at all. 

So on this Veterans Day, we salute all of our valiant veterans in uniform on and off of the field.  We honor the spiritual veterans who are a part of the Church Triumphant who have finished fighting the good fight, like Dr. Myles Monroe and my dear ole dad, Chaplain Elmer Hunter. And we certainly honor the warriors who are still fighting and continue to fight, such as my mom, and Mom Pearl and Sam (my in-laws) in the church militant . 

And while we harbor and hug the veterans whose hands we now hold, it’s the warriors on the battle fields before our time and beyond our reach that we honor and praise and prize the most on this their day. 

 

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Joe Gibbs, the former Washington Redskins head coach who won three Super Bowls, is a shining example of faith and football, and the connection and correlation between God and sports.

Football will draw you closer to God, as long as you don’t stay home and watch games on Sunday instead of going to church. Ha, Ha. Before you stop reading, please let me explain.

What does God have to do with sports in general, and football in specific, you say? Well, I’m so glad you asked. (And we’re talkin’ American football, not soccer, for all of you in the rest of world who call our soccer, football).

God loves football. Why? Because God is all about upsets, comebacks and turnarounds. And in the National Football League, in the good ‘ole NFL, we see upsets, comebacks and turnarounds on a weekly basis.  Watching and believing for wins, mostly upset wins, courageous comeback wins and terrific turnaround wins is as spiritual as it gets and requires faith, hope and love.

Football requires faith. The Seattle fans had lost faith. When Seattle lost to Dallas a few weeks ago, we gave Russell Wilson and the Seahawks up for dead. Today, those same Seahawks gouged the Giants 38-17, and all of a sudden, the defending champions are back in action.  Sounds like a turnaround to me.

Football requires hope. And Dallas Cowboys fans can only hope.  The Dallas Cowboys, after that impressive win in Seattle, lost to their arch-rival, the Washington Redskins, IN DALLAS on Monday Night Football! Yikes! And then the very next week they lost again to the surprising but not so impressive Arizona Cardinals. (I’m sorry, but am I the only one who doesn’t believe that the Cardinals are for real?) Anyway, this was the first time the Cowboys dropped two in a row in a while. Now, the Boys are Back, as they just jettisoned the Jaguars 31-17 in England. That’s England – not New England, but Brittan England, as in “on the other side of the pond” England. American Football in England? Oh well.

Football requires love. The Philadelphia Eagles have not won a Super Bowl in my lifetime. We’ve come close, but as we all know, close only counts in horse shoes. Nonetheless, we Eagle fans love our beloved Eagles, no matter what. Just like any other die-hard fan, you’ve gotta love your team through the thick and through the “thins;” through the ups and the downs, and if that’s not spiritual, I don’t know what is.

God loves us regardless of how many times we lose or lie down, fail or falter, flop or fold. No matter what, God loves us and won’t give up on us. No matter how many times we fumble or stumble, bumble or tumble, God loves us and will stick with us, no matter what.

I am a preacher preaching a gospel of upsets, comebacks and turnarounds. So if you or anybody you know needs a pick me upper, a shot in the arm, a jolt of encouragement or energy, a boost or a lift, reassurance or reinforcement to get a dead battery jump started and up and running again, just watch football. Keep track of your team as they play week in and week out. This requires faith, (especially if you’re an Eagles fan, right?) as you are hoping and praying that they (we) win a Super Bowl in our lifetime.

So just remember, football helps and even requires you to be spiritual. It requires faith, hope and love.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

Hebrews 13:13, NLT

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have started the season 1-3. Yikes!  So the question is this: do the ”new look” Cavaliers have chemistry? The jury is still out on that one. The follow-up question is, can LeBron James pull together another championship team with a new bunch of teammates back in his hometown? The question is fairly debatable. For now, let’s collaborate on chemistry. The Apostle Paul said this:

I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.                1 Corinthians 1:10, New Living Translation

I didn’t do well with high school chemistry. I think I got a “C.” I just didn’t get it. I never could memorize the Periodic Chart, and measuring just the right amount of this to add to a vile of that or a flask of the other just wasn’t my thing. But that was the hard science of laboratory chemistry. I did a lot better with chemistry outside of the classroom.

Chemistry. It’s technically defined as “the science that deals with the composition and properties of substances and various elementary forms of matter.” That’s quite a mouthful. On a lighter note, informally, chemistry means “the reaction, taken to be instinctual, between two persons.” In other words, when two people, usually a cute couple, get along and have companionship, when they love to share each other’s company and have constant comraderie, it’s said that they have “chemistry.”

In sports, chemistry is the bond of brotherhood and the kinship of community. Chemistry is the one intangible that is indispensable. Chemistry is the crucial and critical element which is needed and necessary to foster fellowship and cultivate companionship on any and every team, but especially any and every championship team.

There are some things there is no substitute for. And chemistry is one of them. Chemistry is union and unity; chemistry is harmony and conformity and every other possible synonym without any ulterior antonyms. Togetherness and oneness are as vital as the court and the rim and the ball; without them, you can’t even play the game.

Chemistry is like a good marriage. It just doesn’t happen, you work at it. Without the union of marriage in life, there can and will be no fruit or fulfillment. And without the unity and matrimony of athletes in sports, there will be only failure and fiasco and calamity and catastrophe. Without chemistry, there will be no acceptance, no agreement and no alignment on any team, and especially a championship team.

Chemistry is like charisma; either you have it or you don’t. Just ask Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Just ask Larry Bird and Kevin McHale. Just ask Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabar. Just ask any and all of the other NBA championship teammates who’ve won together. They all will say the same thing: “Together we stand, divided we fall.”

So let’s work toward passing chemistry. I love to talk about teamwork and team chemistry because of how important they are in the game of life. And in the school of life, in this class, failure is not an option. In fact, failing this subject will only lead to flunking out altogether.

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Sports and politics and politics and sports. They’re not exactly the same, but they’re not that much different either. So, are you more Super Bowl or Super Tuesday? No matter how you answer, if you are like most Americans, you probably think the two—sports and politics—are unrelated. You might even object to the suggestion of a tie on principle alone.[1] As the now famous photo of Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr. shows, sports and politics can and do get into bed together and produce.

Sports and politics. Yes they’re strange bedfellows, but the similarities are startling. In both, to the victor goes the spoils; in both, it’s a fight to the finish; and in both, you give it all you’ve got and then some, and then, after all that, you usually don’t control your own fate, because you could win when you should lose, or you could lose what you should have won. Sometimes you know you’re going to win, and other times you just know you’re going to lose, and then it turns out just the other way around. Such is the case with the 2014 mid-term elections.

Sports analogies abound in the latest not so surprising 2014 election results. The GOP, Government of the People, a.k.a., the Republican Party, won the majority in the U.S. Senate. It was a warranted win for the Republicans, and deserved loss for the Democrats. I mean, the Dems brought the loss on themselves, and the conservatives were poised to pounce on the deflated, demoralized and disconsolate Democrats.

Sports is like politics and politics is like sports in a very spiritual way. If believers in general, and Christians in particular, would be as fierce and focused, as ardent and aggressive, and as zealous and jealous for God as the average Joe politician is for Office or the even the most average athlete is to win the championship, the Devil wouldn’t stand a chance. And so we fail and we flounder, just like the Dems – at least this time around – or we’re overly optimistic or carelessly confident – like the GOP, and we lose what we should win in the process.

Some victories you can sense long before game time, and other defeats you can see coming a mile away. Such is the case here as the Republicans took advantage of and exploited the Dem’s weaknesses, got out in front, and held on for a close win they desperately wanted. The result was disappointing only to the extent that the Republicans think they have the answer, and the Dems seem to have lost the key to the solution.

Some victories are spirited, and some loses are merited. On the other hand, some wins are simply unjustifiable, and some loses are actually tolerable. Such is the case with GOP takeover of the Senate. They say you learn more from your defeats than from your loses anyway, right?

Sometimes you win by default, and other times you lose but it’s no fault of your own. Such is the case with our Divine victory over the principalities and spiritual powers of wickedness and wanton evil. We did not and do not deserve to win; yet we did and do deserve to lose. And lose we would if it had not been for the Lord on our side. Theologically speaking, it’s called G.R.A.C.E.; God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense. It’s God’s unmerited favor. It’s what we get that when we come to God; and in return, He comes to us.

[1] http://thesocietypages.org/papers/politics-and-sport/

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