The Thrill of Victory

Germany's Goetze
Winning it all: there’s nothing quite like it. Winning games is one thing, winning the championship game is another, and is something else all together. Winning at the entry-level is nice, but winning at the highest level is sweet indeed. Beating a bad team is elementary; defeating the best team is doctorial. And we say this because the thrill of victory was amazingly displayed yet again as Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup over Argentina in Extra Time (OT for us Americans). Germany fought a good fight and was rewarded for their blood (literally), sweat and tears. Their toil matriculated into triumph as the hero, a sub, scored the winning goal in dramatic fashion.

We all want to win it all. Don’t we? I mean, didn’t Vince Lombardi say, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” Well almost. On the other side of success, losing, to put it crassly, “sucks.” It hurts and it harms, it dents and it damages, it wounds and it wears, and it leaves us with an empty felling as big and as wide as the Grand Canyon. But enough of losing for now. We’ll learn the lessons of loss another time. For now, it’s time to focus on the win.
Germany's Goetze celebrates his goal against Argentina infront of teammate Mueller during extra time in their 2014 World Cup final at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Winning cures what losing kills. A loss kills or kindles the spirit; a loss embarrasses or emboldens the will; a loss destroys or defines the soul. Take your pick. You are either bitter or better because of a loss, not because of a win. But why all this talk of loss when we want to speak of gain? Because we learn more from our mistakes than we learn from our successes.
German's Win in 2014 FIFA World Cup

And so we have learned that wining is the fruit and the harvest of lack and loss. Winning is the culmination of learning from defeat after defeat, from disappointment after disappointment, and from despair after despair. The reason Christians, above all other believers in the Higher Power, can look forward to victory later and experience victory now is how we deal with death and demise. We may fall seven times, but we get back up every time. In the face of resistance and resentment, opposition and contradiction, tension and turmoil, variance and vitriol, we are victorious. We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us!
Germany's Schweinsteiger holds the World Cup trophy after winning the 2014 World Cup against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro

All of the wins and the victories of David and Daniel, Elijah and Elisha, and Peter and Paul will all seem like Jr. Varsity accomplishments in comparison to the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus over all the forces of evil. God is angry with the wicked every day; that is why David prayed “Oh, let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end.” (Psalm 7:9). And the good news is that we don’t have to wait until the battle is over, we can shout now! Winning games is victory; winning the championship is triumph. So we can revel in the words of Paul: “Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:14, KJV

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