Saturday morning, I awoke to the news flashing across the screen Breaking News. The breaking news was more of our troops in Afghanistan had been killed. Thoughts of horror went through my head as I know of people with family members serving over there at this moment. When these types of events take place, I think “what is happening to this world?” “Will peace ever prevail?”
After the breaking news, good news came across the airways, there was good news if you are a St. Louis Cardinals fan. The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last night. Needless to say, many people are celebrating their victory today.
As I heard about the victory of the St. Louis Cardinals, I reflected back on last Saturday evening. Jim and I met our son, Drew for dinner in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Bowling Green is the home of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. As we arrived into the area, we could hear church bells ringing, cars blowing their horns, and yells of excitement. We arrived to the restaurant where it was louder than usual. It was obvious Western Kentucky had won their homecoming game. Victory was being celebrated.
When I reflect on past victories, I remember my son, Drew as he ran on his high school cross-country team. His team won the State Championship three years in a row. Oh, how the team celebrated with steak dinner, police escorts out of the park, and proud parents and supporters greeting them when they returned home.
None of these victories came easy. For each team, there has been sacrifice. These team members have trained in extreme conditions without letting these conditions deter them from their goal. They had their eye on the prize and pushed forward knowing what they had to do to win the victory.
In life, we love the celebrations. But, there are times when life happens. These life happenings can be anything but victorious. Life can get ugly. There are times when we experience heartache, anger and sometimes division. Yet, it is in our perseverance that we push toward victory.
Everyday, we are in training for the ultimate victory. We push through in extreme conditions and keep our eye on the goal through prayer, bible study, placing our burdens at the feet of Jesus and leaning on our Christian community. Despite all obstacles that may be placed in our path, we know through Christ that the victory will come and will be ours.
Two scriptures come to mind as I write this devotional; . I John 5:4-5 gives us this promise; “for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes is the Son of God.” And, Philippians 3:14-16 “I press on toward the goal to the win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
In the days ahead, I encourage you to keep your eye on the goal, push through the extreme conditions. When the questions of” why” and “where is the peace in the world?” run through your head, know that God has promised us that there will be a day when peace will be still. There will be a day when ALL of God’s children will be VICTORIOUS!
**The young man, Josh Yeckering in picture with my son, Drew received the ultimate victory in May. He is now with his Heavenly Father. Josh is greatly missed and was loved by all who knew him.
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