Winning Cures Everything

Everyone loves a winner.  Because winning cures everything. It cures frustration and fury and disappointment and depression and everything else in between.  Winning ways will win you admiration and approval and applause and affection, not to mention esteem and honor.  It’s an axiomatic truth; winning cures what ails us, and we have a lot of maladies that we need healing from.

When you’re winning, you’re conquering and overcoming and triumphing over your foes and your fears. And  your fiercest foes may not be as dangerous as your deepest fears or your weariest woes.

This year, the North Carolina Tar Heels showed us how to win ugly. And even though it wasn’t pretty, it was beautiful.  North Carolina avenged a last second, buzzer beater, gut wrenching loss to Villanova in last year’s final. And if that wasn’t a horrible way to lose, I don’t know what is.

This year, while Gonzaga may have been the sentimental favorite, it would have been awful and even cruel and unusual punishment for North Carolina to lose in the finals for a second year in a row.  So the basketball gods asked the God of the universe for permission to let this one go Carolina’s way. 

We all want God to right our wrongs and cure our ills and forgive our iniquities heal our diseases. Especially this time of year during early Spring, the time of the singing of the birds, when hope springs eternal.  We all need a second chance, or more specifically, another chance, at life. After we slip up and trip up and mess  up, we all need another shot at redemption. This is what we all hope and dream and strive for; atonement, renewal and restoration.  

So don’t give up and don’t give in. Even when you lose a tough one, believe that you can bounce back and win the big one.

Revenge Is Sweet

Carli Lloyd_

You don’t take revenge, you get revenge. Revenge is given to you, not taken from someone.  


For all of the heart aches and heart breaks and missed moments and lost luck and down days and sleepless nights, you will gain revenge. If you let God get it for you. That’s the spiritual side. The natural side played out yet again yesterday in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Final.

The USA Women’s National Soccer team experienced a devastating World Cup loss to Japan in 2011, ending their hopes for a cup in penalty kicks. It was a bitter and biting, caustic and gnostic letdown of a loss that could have derailed the soccer program and set them back for years. Hope Solo and Abby Wambach and Ali Krieger and Alex Morgan and all of the rest of that 2011 team teetered on the brink of disaster. But not so. Disaster did not come.  Yes they suffered a suffocating loss in 2011. But that was then. And this is now.

Carli Lloyd emerged as the super star of the show and scored three times in the first sixteen minutes, the first hat-trick in a women’s final, to lead the United States to an overwhelming victory. “I’m so proud and so zapped at the same time,” Lloyd said. “It doesn’t feel real. We just made history.” Lloyd indeed was the star of stars Sunday, and throughout the tournament. On Sunday, she scored in the third, fifth and 16th minutes of play, leaving the 2011 champions stunned.

It was her third goal that summed up her spectacular play in the do-or-die matches in this Cup. Lloyd took a pass at the halfway line and deftly touched the ball around a lunging defender. Lloyd looked downfield and decided to let fly. From 55 yards out.

It should be impossible to score from that far. But as 53,341 fans watched the ball sailing through the air, Japan goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori desperately retreated and stabbed at the ball. Even the post couldn’t deny Lloyd her history and the ball danced across the line.

And the rest is history. The final: 5-2, and it wasn’t that close. The score was 4-1 at the half, as the women decided and determined to avenge themselves and get revenge for that humbling loss four years ago.


Naturally speaking, many have the mind to take action on those who have done them wrong. But don’t you do it. DON’T! You’ll only make things worse. We must not give in and give up. Especially to evil. God will avenge us of our adversaries. He will. Because He’s a righteous God and He is the righteous Judge. And the righteous Judge will do right.

So what about you? What loss or what losses do you need to get revenge for? What have you squandered that you need to get back to “even” and from where have you wandered that you have come back to eventually? I’ve had my share of bad, sad days, but like these gals, I’ve decided and determined to get revenge.

And God is the one who will get it for me.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:19-21, KJV

Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say,

“I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them.

If they are thirsty, give them something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.

New Living Translation