Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Investment #7 - Invest your energy in winning!

Today, I continue my series "7 Investments that place you in the flow of God's wealth." You can see all of the related blog posts in the series here.

"I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win." - Michael Jordon

"Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." - 1 Corinthians 9:26-27

"Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Phillippians 3:13-14.

The Poor Christian is characterized by a defeated, excuse-ridden attitude.

The Rich Christian is characterized by a determined, never give-up attitude.

Before you can invest in winning, you need to actually determine the "win" in your own life. For example, I believe the Apostle Paul's own personal win was preaching Christ in every part of the Roman Empire where it had not been preached before.

In order to discover your own definition of winning, I suggest taking time to explore your strengths, talents, abilities, and what God has laid on your heart to accomplish for His Kingdom. Use a notebook or journal to record all of this information, and then meditate and pray, asking God for clearer guidance on how He wants you to "win."

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