Vince Lombardi, the immortal coach of the Green Bay Packers said, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Naturally speaking, this phrase has been overblown and misunderstood. But spiritually speaking, Lombardi was right. Who remembers who came in second place? Is being the second runner-up as rewarding as finishing first? Is honorable mention as gratifying as the championship trophy?
Winning is everything. And not just winning, but winning big. I’m not talking about the margin of victory, but the quality of victory. The fiercer the battle, the sweeter the victory. Hard fought wins are more memorable, more satisfying, and more gratifying than all others. And so it is with life. The life God wants us to live is about quality, not necessary quantity. That’s why we all love Cinderella Stories. The improbable victories no one, not even Hollywood, can script. And this is some of our lives.
God loves the long-shot. God loves the underdog. God loves Cinderella. She had undergone mistreatment and maladjustment before she met the prince at the ball. “This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” Cinderella believed. I come back to this because if you can believe, you can achieve.
Believing is the first step. Many of us have overcome seemingly insurmountable odds, beaten bigger, better, more talented teams, and won when no-one gave us a chance. Many of us have undergone major surgery, endured unforeseen layoffs, weathered 100-year storms, and yet overcame big setbacks and huge letdowns. We bounced-back, with the help of God and God-sent friends and fans, to overcome the worst of circumstances. Cinderella had mice, sparrows, a pumpkin and a Fairy Godmother. We have those who are Heaven-sent into our lives, who, just when we need them most, come to our rescue.
And so the question is, since you have overcome, who are you helping as they undergo to overcome?