I sat in my old high school gymnasium the other night for my daughter’s 6th grade band concert.  As I sat waiting for the children to take their places and the concert to commence, I began to glance around that gymnasium.  This was the place I spent much time as a young lady.  This was the place I chummed with friends; cheered my “bestie” on for basketball; sang the National Anthem with passion and zeal. I can’t remember the last time that I occupied a seat on the bleacher, but memories flooded my mind as if they were more recent than not.  Then I started to read those big “State Championship” banners.  I was the class of 1999; the year the girls golf team and boys baseball team both took state.

I didn’t play sports.  Anyone who knew me then, or knows me now for that matter, could testify that I seek out great conversation over competitive play.  I never did shine in sports, so I moved on to other areas I felt more adept.  The fact that I had absolutely nothing to do with those accomplishments was nil.  It was the fact that I was a part of a winning class.  I felt pride in reflecting back to those days when we celebrated that great accomplishment of our athletes.

Don’t we all want to be part of a winning team?  Don’t we all want to be part of something great?  I’ve never heard people brag about their bleak work environment, or boast of their rocky relationships.  No, we all want to be steeped in the pride of winners.  And because of the love Jesus has for us and the sacrifice He made, we are exactly that—winners!  I John 3:1a “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

I pray that as you join me for these blog posts that you feel you are a part of something special, uplifting and encouraging.  I pray that you know that you are part of a winning team.  As we approach Christmas, reflect on the peaceful truth that Christ came for you, His precious child.  You are the most valuable gift to Him!

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