Win or Lose

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Last Sunday was the Golden Globe Awards. Reporters lined the red carpet to ask, ” Who made your dress? Are you really no longer dating so and so? What are your chances of winning tonight?” I suppose we can criticize such questions, but reporters make a living getting those answers for the public. So if we think they are silly, we have no one to criticize but ourselves. One question that seems especially strained for me is, "You have never won , you have been nominated many times but failed to win, how does that make you feel about tonight?” How people respond to failure is very telling.

As a Bruce Springsteen junky, I still think of 2008 when he won a Globe for his theme song to Darren Aronofsky’s movie “The Wrestler,” starring Mickey Rourke. “Mickey (Rourke) called me and asked if I would write some music for his movie ’The Wrestler.’ He told me a little bit about the character. ‘Some people invest in their pain, and they turn away from love and the things that strengthen and nurture their lives. And this is a guy (Mickey Rourke's character of the aging wrestler ) who has not figured that out.” Bruce Springsteen.

David, the little shepherd boy, faces the giant Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Who are the giants you face (ed)? How many times have you won, and lost? What wounds do you carry? Have the stories of battle strengthened you or left you lesser than? Have the failures of life mounted up and claimed you? Or, have the setbacks offered you transformation and redemption, making you better than ever?

Let us join the prophet Isaiah in prayer. “Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or whine, Israel, saying, “God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening? God doesn’t come and go. God lasts." Isaiah 40:27-30 (The Message )

Still in one peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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