As Kingdom Seekers (Matthew6:33), we expect to ultimately be on the winning side for if God be for us, who can be against us? For the Apostle Paul declared, “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?,” Romans 8:31, New American Standard Bible, NASB). Paul was saying that the sufferings of this present age do not mean we are losers. Actually, he was looking beyond the losses of this present age to the victories for believers in the age to come.
As we strive to think the way believers are instructed to think—by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2)—we are reminded that we need to think not like losers but like champions.
With this in mind, I recently received the following short article in my e-mail attributed to someone by the name of Jon Gordon. Although I am not familiar with this person, I thought of several Bible verses which can be applied to his comments on Champions. I have, in turn, taken the liberty of adding these verses in red lettering after each of the points that are made.
I meet and learn from Champions every day. Not just in locker rooms but in classrooms, hospitals, homeless shelters, homes and office buildings. I’ve learned that to be a champion you must Think Like a Champion. Champions think differently than everyone else. They approach their life and work with a different mindset and belief system that separates them from the pack.
“Loving God means obeying his commands. And God’s commands are not too hard for us, because everyone who is a child of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world—our faith,” (1 John 5:3-4, New Century Verson, NCV).
1. Champions Expect to Win – When they walk on the court, on the field, into a meeting or in a classroom they expect to win. In fact they are surprised when they don’t win. They expect success and their positive beliefs often lead to positive actions and outcomes. They win in their mind first and then they win in the hearts and minds of their customers, students or fans.
“I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength,” Philippians 4:13, New Life Version, NLV).
2. Champions Celebrate the Small Wins – By celebrating the small wins champions gain the confidence to go after the big wins. Big wins and big success happen through the accumulation of many small victories. This doesn’t mean champions become complacent. Rather, with the right kind of celebration and reinforcement, champions work harder, practice more and believe they can do greater things.
“Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge, and in your knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your perseverance, godliness, and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love,” (2 Peter 1:5-7, NASB).
3. Champions Don’t Make Excuses When They Don’t Win – They don’t focus on the faults of others. They focus on what they can do better. They see their mistakes and defeats as opportunities for growth. As a result they become stronger, wiser and better.
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong,” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NASB).
4. Champions Focus on What They Get To Do, Not What They Have To Do – They see their life and work as a gift not an obligation. They know that if they want to achieve a certain outcome they must commit to and appreciate the process. They may not love every minute of their journey but their attitude and will helps them develop their skill.
“And Jesus said unto him, ‘No man, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God,’” Luke 9:62, King James Version, KJV).
“Brethren, I count myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” Phillipians 4:13-14, KJV).
5. Champions Believe They Will Experience More Wins in the Future – Their faith is greater than their fear. Their positive energy is greater than the chorus of negativity. Their certainty is greater than all the doubt. Their passion and purpose are greater than their challenges. In spite of their situation champions believe their best days are ahead of them, not behind them.
“Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing,” (2 Timothy 4:8, KJV).
If you don’t think you have what it takes to be a champion, think again. Champions aren’t born. They are shaped and molded. And as iron sharpens iron you can develop your mindset and the mindset of your team with the right thinking, beliefs and expectations that lead to powerful actions.
“Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of instruction about washings and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment,” (Hebrews 6:1-2, NASB).
When we see ourselves as champions by the grace of God, we will be able to achieve more than we can imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21). Under God’s Holy Spirit, the early church turned the world upside down by proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ and his Kingdom (Acts 17:6). In spite of the ways the world might challenge us today, we too shall overcome. For, we are champions in Christ.
Good News to You!