Winning in the Losses

“My flesh and my heart fail;

But God is the strength of my heart

and my portion forever.”

Psalm 73:26



My boy had a hockey game today.  We lost.  It was a good game, though.

I say that about all of them, though, regardless of whether we win or lose….



I say things like, “That was a great play,” even when the goalie stopped it.  And one might wonder, how could it be a good play if the goalie stopped it?  Isn’t the whole point, to get it past the goalie?

Well, yes, but there are a lot of things that go into making a great shot or play.  Teamwork, timing, puckhandling, checking, passing…  You can get all of those right, and still have the goalie make a great play.  In which case you didn’t achieve your ultimate goal, but you still have something to be proud of.  After all, God never told us to “succeed”; He only told us to obey.

There is no failure that is not accompanied by successes, however small.  Sometimes many.  And they’re not necessarily even small successes; it’s just that our eyes are often on the “failure”.

Good thing it’s His eyes that matter, not ours.


~ “if you will indeed obey My voice

and keep My covenant,

then you shall be a special treasure to Me” ~

Exodus 19:5


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