The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat

Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

Wide World of Sports

I have many fond memories from when I was a kid growing up in the 1970s and 1980s. A specific memory that always stands out in my mind is watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports with Jim McKay.

In the opening TV show bumper, you may recall hearing this statement “ … the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” And, the video footage for “agony of defeat” was some guy having a horrendous wipe out on a massive snow ski jump.You can almost feel that guy’s pain. It was that bad!

The Thrill of Victory And The Agony of Defeat

Who doesn’t like to win? Being victorious is awesome! When you’re in the winner’s column, everything is going great and you’re receiving exactly what you desire, everything that you have trained and worked so hard for.

Defeat is truly that, though – agony! None of us like to lose. None of us like to be defeated in anything.

But, it’s in those times of defeat in which we learn and grow the most.

The only way we learn that we don’t have everything figured out properly is to lose. Losing forces us to re-evaluate our approach and the changes that need to be made.

My Personal Defeat

I understand defeat. Trust me, I really do. A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about my own personal defeat here: Moving From Broken To Superhuman: Your 5-Step Action Plan.

Now that I’m past that particular defeat in life and back in the “winner’s column,” I can truly say that I’m thankful for my defeat. God is faithful and guided my path to better places. I’m a better, stronger person as a result of the defeat. God grew me through the agony.

Amazing blessings can come through difficult times. I learned how to be a much better husband and a father as a result. I finally figured out how to manage stress and rest. I’ve been able to get in the best physical shape of my life. I’ve become a better writer. I’ve developed amazing relationships on my journey. I’ve read some great books that have shaped my mind and taken me to new and better places.

Each defeat you encounter in life, you really do have a choice. You can fight the defeat. You can be mad about it. You can allow it to make you a bitter, depressed, unhappy person.

Or, you can just “roll with it” and see where this defeat takes you. Chances are, you can learn some cool stuff. You can meet some amazing people along the way. You can become a better but different person on the journey.

Through my own personal defeat, I went from Broken To Superhuman. God shaped me into a better follower of Him. All praise be to God for His amazing grace.

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Interested in learning more about my own defeat and victory? The lessons I learned from personal defeat that lead to sweeping life changes that brought me back to victory, once again? I believe my 5-Step Action Plan can give you the tools to move through these life detours into a better place.

This little e-book addresses the problems and the accompanying solutions. So, do you want to stay angry and upset about your defeat, or are you ready to move forward onto to victory?

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Larry Jones is the Generosity Pastor at First Baptist Raytown in Kansas City, Missouri. He blogs regularly on the topic of extraordinary stewardship with maximum Kingdom impact at He is the author of BEYOND DAVE AND FINANCIAL PEACE: ACCELERATING PAST AVERAGE WITH YOUR MONEY PLAN available on Amazon Kindle.

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