Monday, September 10, 2007


I think "winning" or "losing" in the Christian life is all about mindset. When I use those terms I'm not thinking about success or failure as these are often viewed, of course. Victory here would be with reference to following Christ, while defeat means not or no longer doing so.

Mindset is so crucial. We need to feed our minds on the truth of God's word, scripture. I'm thinking about the story of God as found in scripture, both the broad sweep of it, as well as important details in it given to us.

Winning or losing begins in the mind. If we have the mindset that everything should be perfect or just a certain way, that we should be without sin or struggle in this life, that if we're tempted to sin we're in trouble and a whole host of other untruths that it seems easy for us to be living by, then we're setting ourselves up for failure and defeat.

But if we set our focus of faith on Christ, and acknowledge that this life is one in which victory comes in a salvific way, in other words God's salvation for us in Jesus is ongoing and is daily needed. And if we live as those confident in that salvation from God in Christ, not trying to avoid difficulties and troubles in this life, then we're setting ourselves up to be those who are more open to God's grace, so that we can exercise faith no matter what we face.

I get in trouble when I focus on the problem. If I keep focusing on that then I'm failing to see the grace God offers to me in Christ. I'm failing to hear God's word to me in Christ. And I'm failing to act, not in my own strength, but with faith in the goodness and faithfulness of God in Christ for us.

We need to think more about mindset and how that can help us or hinder us, according to scripture.

What might you add here that could help us?


Anonymous said...

i think this is a very good thing to look at. the mind set. i especially liked what you mentioned about not trying to avoid difficulties and troubles.

lately i have noticed that there are some things that i have held onto out of fear and perhaps it is time to give them over. i think this would be good for my mind set.

by the way...i re-posted my gifts that keep on giving.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy, Yes, along with the balance that up against all of this we can break through into the grace and peace that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Okay. I look forward to reading that.

Anonymous said...

i forgot to tell you, when you asked about the photos that i post. i also post photos for fun on photoblog at
the last post was very hard to do, as i did photos of my self for the weekly monday theme game and this week was grimace. i do not really like how i look, and i am trying to let that go... however, i really look even more weird when trying to grimmace!

Martin Stickland said...

Good words. Have a great day!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Nancy, Very nice photos. You're a better photographer than I am, actually good! And you are photogenic, even with a grimace.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Martin, You too, and thanks.