“Stand firm, and you will win life.”  Luke 21:19 NIV
Read:  Luke 21:10-19


“Winners never quit and quitters never win!”, I have heard repeated over the years.  It is short phrase with a cemented truth.  Did you ever quit anything and still won?   It does not happen that way, does it?


On the other hand, those who never give up will eventually win.  The famous baseball great, Babe Ruth, was a winner.   He was also a loser.

‘The Babe’ was struck out 1,330 times.  Yet, he still amassed an amazing 2,873 hits in his career along with 714 home runs and 2,213 runs batted in.   Even with his strike outs, many still consider him the greatest baseball player of all times.

Have you struck out 1,330 times?  How about 1,331 times or 1,332 times?  Our failures in this life are often judgments by others.  We live in a sinful world and we will fail.  Isn’t it wonderful, even will all our failings, JESUS will forgive us over and over?   JESUS measures our heart for HIM more than our failures.

Paul tells us in 1Corinthians 9:24:  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”


One mistake or 1,330 mistakes are all forgotten when we are rewarded with the crown that will last forever.   Be a winner, give yourself to JESUS today and wear HIS eternal crown.

Today’s prayer: “LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving all my strike outs…all my sinful mistakes and failings.   Help me to understand YOUR teachings, grow in YOUR words and walk away from the evils of this world.  Amen.”