Thursday, November 20, 2008

A Winner

How would you define a Christian “winner” in the game of life? Here are a few thoughts modified slightly from James and Jongward’s book, Born to Win.

can reveal himself instead of projecting images that please, provoke, or entice others.

can admire and respect other people; he is not totally defined, demolished, bound, or awed by them.

does not play ‘helpless’ nor does she play the blaming game. Instead she assumes responsibility for her own life

responds appropriately to the situation. His response is appropriate when it is related to the message sent and preserves the significance, worth, well-being, and dignity of the people involved.

learns to know her feelings and her limitations and is not afraid of them. She is not stopped by her own contradictions and ambivalences. She knows when she is angry and can listen when others are angry with her. She can give and receive affection. She is able to love and be loved.

can be spontaneous. He does not have to respond in predetermined, rigid ways. He can change his plans when the situation calls for it.

can freely enjoy himself. He can also postpone enjoyment. He can discipline himself in the present to enhance his enjoyment in the future. He is not afraid to go after what he wants but does so in appropriate ways.

cares about the world and its peoples. She is not isolated from the general problems of society

can love a blogger.

Cartoon taken from the book Big Science, by Nick Downes
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1 comment:

  1. This is an interesting and thought-provoking question. For Christians, what is a winner?

    Some characteristics of someone who is a winning Christian would have to include having the faith to trust and obey God and to believe what God says in the Bible, regardless of personal costs. Loyalty to God seems to rank high with Him. I notice that many men of God in the Bible had serious character flaws in certain areas and did not always have the best of personalities, but they proved loyal to God in the end.

    Sometimes when I am discouraged about the trials of life, I remember Lazarus in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-25). By every worldly standard, Lazarus would be considered a major loser, yet he was the winner in the end.