Hey everyone, it’s Adam DeGraide here with another micro motivation.
Last week I spoke to you about the “Hokey Pokey.” Pretty funny. It’s actually kind of silly, but it’s a very serious message. I highly recommend that you go back and you watch it.
This week I want to talk about losing and winning in relation to the game Candyland.
So, the other day I was watching and playing Candyland with my son as you can see right now he’s having a blast he’s doing a great time. And he really doesn’t like it when he loses, he kinda gets mad like all kids when they first win they get all excited and then everyone wants to always win over and over and over and over again, which is great.
However, it’s not the way the world works right. And loss is a part of it. So, a few days later, we’re playing again and he lost and he got so angry and he was so frustrated, and I said you know Anthem. I said, the most important thing to understand is that in truly to enjoy winning; you must have first known what it felt to lose.
You see, in order to truly win, and to have that great feeling about winning, you have to have lost at some point before in the past.
And I’m a gamer and I play a game called Apex legends and it’s a Battle Royale, and he sometimes will watch me. I know some people watching this video right now are gonna be like, don’t let your kids watch those games and I understand that.
However, he’s sitting next to me and you know I get knocked down and he’s like, Dad, you should try again. And so, I said to him, I said, you know, Anthem, losing is a lot like that I said, when daddy gets knocked down, and he’d end up dying in the game. You just tell him to start again. I said the same thing with you in Candyland. In order for you to really enjoy winning or being the champion, you have to have first known what it meant to lose. And I started thinking about what the scripture that really hit me in Matthew chapter 16 verses 25 to 26. It says, “Whatever a man profits and what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and yet loses his soul, and the verse before that says in order for a man or a woman, to truly save their life. he or she must first lose it.”
I’m paraphrasing, obviously. But in order to truly win God is saying, you have to be the biggest loser, which is so amazing. And at the end of the day, it’s about giving up our self-will and turning it over to God and knowing that he has the best plans for us, I struggle with this tremendously. I don’t know if you guys do, but it’s very hard for me to give things or my perceived idea of what I should have from my life, it’s more important for me to understand what it means to surrender to be close to God.
So what does it profit for us to gain everything around us and yet lose the very most important thing. You see Jesus was talking about how important it is for us to lose our own lives. In order to know what it means to save it. And that doesn’t mean that we can do everything in our power to save us . Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ we can have forgiveness, salvation through His sacrifice on the cross. He lost his life. And then was risen again so we can now have peace with God.
You see just like my son doesn’t like losing in Candyland, we don’t necessarily like losing a life however, losing our will in the things that have brought us down in our lives, will give us the greatest reward of all, which is eternity and peace with Christ.
This has been a micro motivation with Adam DeGraide
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