Defeat

Dead EndHaving lost or failed, the act of losing, coming up empty

A man is not finished when he’s defeated; he’s finished when he quits.  Richard Nixon

What is defeat? Nothing but education, nothing but the first step to something better. Wendell Phillips    

Those who are prepared to die for any cause are seldom defeated.  Nehru

When we overcome a foe we have defeated them and when we are overcome by them we are the defeated. Our life is comprised of many skirmishes, confrontations and battles from the day we are born until the day we die. If we were to count these occurrences they would possibly number in the hundreds of thousands or millions. Each of these confrontations adds to our cumulative experiential database and in turn formulates who we have become and who we continue to become. In so doing, we increasingly lean toward a victim or victor attitude.

If we are used to being defeated we will lean toward a defeatist attitude. Contrarily, if we are used to defeating or winning, we will lean toward a winning, confident, and “never give up” attitude. In modern history a good example of someone who exemplified a non-defeatist attitude is Winston Churchill. He is often quoted for having said, “Never, never, never quit.”

There are conscious as well as sub-conscious struggles that are always on-going within. These are our internal battles and skirmishes. These affect whether we are “overall” a victim or a victor. It is a lifelong process. It is much more internal than external. Our greatest enemy is always ourselves. Inside is the part of us that is fearful, selfish, unsure, and the antithesis of all of our good qualities. It is not nearly as much the outside enemies we have to defeat; it is our darker and weaker self which must really be overcome and vanquished. Our attitudes, intellect, values, energies, psychological make up and myriads of other things are the weapons we must use to win our lifelong internal struggle. This epic war is won or lost on the final outcome of our life’s internal battles.

We determine the course of our own individual journey. The better equipped and prepared we are, the more we will defeat both the external as well as our internal enemies. We are defeated by life or we conquer life. Will it be said of us; we engaged life to the fullest, we fought hard, we never gave up, and when it was over, we were the victor; or will it be said we allowed life to defeat us? Victory comes from refusing to quit, from drive, from persistence, from a non-defeatist attitude. It comes from inner commitment to be the best that we can become.

Challenge:  What is your attitude toward Life? Do you have defeatist or defeater attitude? Your attitude greatly impacts your wins and losses. You get out of life what you put into it. If you want more, commit to putting more into it. Today is a good day to go to the mirror and do some reflecting. What kind of attitude do you want to have command of during the battles of your life? Do you want to be victim or victor, winner or loser? Take control.

Wisdom: Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

Spiritual: (NIV)

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Life is an epic struggle. We will win or lose not based on what we accomplish or do not accomplish. In the big picture it is what happens to our soul that determines our victory or defeat. Unless we realize that a life without a personal relationship with God ends in defeat, our outcome is certain. We will have victory in this life only by realizing that we are incomplete and total lacking unless God is equipping and empowering us to victory.

Prayer: You are the Potter and I am your clay. Please mold me and make me into what You designed me to be.

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