I found myself thinking it way too often: "I just can't win."
We all know the feeling. You get a flat tire on the day of your interview, you donate an item to charity then need it for a dinner party the next week, you send the email to the wrong recipient, you forget your boss's wife's name...(I could go on).
Or the more vague ones like expectations we can't seem to live up to and people we simply can't please. It's easy to feel like a loser if we choose to focus on what's not working perfectly in our lives.
I use to tell myself the "I just can't win" story until "winning" started to trend. As in, "I found a dollar in my car's ash tray! Coffee for me today! #winning"
Or "I added corn to the taco soup and all the kids actually ate it! #momwin"
I started taking note of how often I won.
Catching all the lights and arriving at karate a little early.
The cashier offering me a coupon code.
A new recipe turning out well.
Choosing the perfect gift (on sale!).
Pulling off a last-minute project.
The bank withdrawal being delayed so my account wasn't overdrawn.
It turns out, I win A LOT.
"Thank God!" I thought. "We can celebrate winning now!"
I'm pretty sure #winning was born from our collective desire to focus on the positive instead of all the ways things go wrong or we screw up.
The truth is, as children of God, we are winners.
Of course life happens and things go awry.
But God is working everything together for good and to accomplish His purposes. Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
God is for us and desires to give us what we need. Romans 8:31-32 "God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?"
We are more than conquerors. Romans 8: 36 "In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us."
And when we focus on the good in our lives, we realizing we are winners. That's definitely worth celebrating!