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Sore Loser, Sore Winner

Last night, our household watched a big game. None of us had any true loyalties to the teams involved, so we all just decided to pick a team to cheer on, but no wagers were made (that I know of.) It was more enjoyable, to cheer when my team scored points, and to shout when the other team did. I said that so that this game cannot end in a tie. Someone will have to lose, and someone will have to win. There was some taunting and teasing, but mostly all in good fun.

Do you know how to be a good winner? I know how to be a sore loser, for sure. I will come up with all of the excuses of why I (or my team) did not come up on top this time. I hang my head low, or throw objects in anger. Ah, yes, anger. I get angry, and my attitude toward anything said to me is ugly and hateful. This can be said for being a sore winner too. What comes out of my mouth can be ugly and hateful and unkind to the other side.

How does God want us to be? Paul talks about being an apostle of Jesus Christ, all the time. Peter tells us that how we conduct ourselves in front of others will reflect God.

Whatever we do, let's make sure that we are glorifying God. He ultimately is the Grand Champion, and we can come along for the ride. Let us do our part.

1 Corinthian 9:24-27 (Christian Standard Bible)

24 Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. 25 Now everyone who competes exercises self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable crown. 26 So I do not run like one who runs aimlessly or box like one beating the air. 27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

1 Peter 2:12

12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that when they slander you as evildoers, they will observe your good works and will glorify God on the day he visits.

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