“Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers” is an old English adage sometimes used by children. It is a child’s way of saying, “You lost it, I found it, and I’m going to keep it, so you’re out of luck.”
Several years ago, Cecil, his wife Peggy and I, along with several other friends, played games together on Friday night. I like to win, but I really didn’t mind losing, as long as I didn’t lose to Cecil. For some reason I hated it when he won.
Isn’t love amazing? After we married, we often played games in the evening. I found myself holding back cards to avoid winning. It wasn’t fun to beat him anymore. We laughed at our silliness when I learned that Cecil had been doing the very same thing.
I am an avid fan of the Food Network. I especially enjoy “Chopped” and the other competitive shows. Each evening I schedule my dinner around “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy.” I love pitting myself against the contestants just to see how much I know.
Imagine my surprise when, after our marriage, Cecil refused to watch those programs with me. When I asked why, he said, “Someone always loses. I feel sorry for those who lose.”
Old hard-hearted me, I laughed. Hugging him close, I said, “Honey child, that’s life. Someone always wins and someone always loses.”
Losing is difficult, I grant you. I have always shied away from the Stock Market. Had I been a little braver, I might be a millionaire by now – a neurotic, nail biting millionaire. I did have a little chunk in the market at just the right time, when everything went bust. After I lost all the interest I had gained plus part of the original principle, I closed out that account and spent the money. I don’t like to lose.
Our culture tends to label everybody and everything a success or a failure, a winner or a loser. I wonder how that one winner and the thousands of losers in the Boston Marathon feel about that.
I can’t imagine even one of those runners, after running more than 26 miles, thinking of himself as a loser. To run the race well, to cross the finish line is to succeed. If I understand correctly, only a hand full of runners actually hopes to win. The goal of every other contestant is simply to finish the race.
To run the race well, to cross the finish line is to succeed. If I understand correctly, only a hand full of runners actually hopes to win. The goal of every other contestant is simply to finish the race.
No one wants to be labeled a loser! BUT! Let me tell you, “There are no losers in the family of God.” If you belong to Jesus, if you love Him and are trying your best to follow and serve Him, you are not a loser.
We are prone to look at ourselves through the eyes of others. “If he thinks I’m a loser, I must be a loser.” Carried to extremes, that thought will destroy you. We judge ourselves by what we see on television, by the latest fads and fashions and the current philosophy of this world. No wonder we feel like losers. Remember that’s all a bunch of paint and cardboard and bright lights. There’s nothing real about it.
This life is a race – a long stretch like the marathon. But there is no competition. True believers are all going to win!
You may be running like the wind today passing the whole pack. Tomorrow, because of people and circumstances, you may barely limp along. Will you ever cross the finish line?
The writer of Ecclesiastes 9:11 said, “The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to men of understanding, nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.” Life happens!
This doesn’t mean that you can use circumstances as an excuse to do less than your best. Stay in the race giving God all that you have. Don’t be sidelined by anything.
Hebrews 12:1, “…let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Again, the Apostle Paul says, in 1 Corinthians, that we must run in such a way as to obtain the prize.
In ancient Greece, Olympians were crowned with Laurel wreaths. I don’t know what my crown will be made of, but 2 Timothy 4:8 says, “…there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord will give to…all who have loved His appearing.” Peter talks about a Crown of Glory and John speaks of a Crown of Life.
One day I will wear a crown, but the real prize will be the joy of spending eternity with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We all will obtain that prize.
The world judges us by our looks, our education, our wealth, but God judges by two things only: OBEDIENCE AND FAITHFULNESS. Do what He says and stay on course. The finish line is just ahead.
If you are limping today, remember, THE SUN WILL COME OUT TOMORROW!