Win, Place, Show

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

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(bottle stopper / Julie Cook / 2015)

Are you a betting man or woman?
Have you studied the odds?
What are the bookies and odd makers saying?
Who’s the trainer?
Who’s the owner?
Have there been other races, any wins?
What’s the story?

50 / 50 chance really.
Be there two in the field or 100
Either it does or it doesn’t.
Either it is or it isn’t.
On any given day, it’s anyones game
It’s a. . .
Yes
or
No

Take the chance?
Or
Play it safe?
Go with the favorite, the sure thing
Or
Take your chances on the long-shot?

Risk taker?
Gambler?
Safe?
or
Risky?

Does it ever really matter who comes in 2nd or 3rd?
Any one other than the winner might as well have been last.
As the only one anyone ever remembers is the winner. . .
And once another race rolls around, most often than not,
All previous winners go out the window as the new winner is crowned.

We all like a winner, that’s for certain.
We cheer for winners.
We pay money for winners.
We follow winners.
We celebrate winners.
We want to surround ourselves by winners
We even seem to buy into the notion that winning should come at any and all costs. . .
And we are devastated when a winner loses. . .

That is until we find a new winner to cheer. . .

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that dayβ€”and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
2 Timothy 4:7-8

5 comments on “Win, Place, Show

  1. Lynda says:

    We are all winners when we place our hope and trust in Jesus the Christ! Have a beautiful Sabbath day Julie.

  2. ColorStorm says:

    Then again, the last shall be first while running this race. The tortoise and hare kind of thing. I’m thinking that hard shelled creature is one wise fella. Slow. Steady. Don’t look back. Forget the competitor.

    So the word says to me: YOU run the race. YOU keep your eyes on the prize. YOU ignore the competitor, as he is not your foe.

    So the blinders on the horse suggests this eh? Pharoah….how fitting. Serendipitiously amusing. But you are right though jewels about winning. It is wired into humanity in the striving for excellence. After all, who wants to make a poor batch of cookies…..;)

    • I was just thinking about how fickled we humans tend to be as far as our enamored feelings go and our fawning over “winners” at all costs. . .our competitive nature I suppose. . .but you’re right, the turtle is the wise one–the hare is in such a hurry he really doesn’t pay attention to those little nuances as he should. . we’re off to the races CS πŸ™‚
      and joyfully we’ve picked the Winner πŸ™‚

  3. Like Lynda said, we are all winners in Christ Jesus! I love to win as much as anyone, but it’s only by God’s grace when I do. Hugs, N πŸ™‚ ❀

  4. lljostes says:

    The photo in your post reminds me of the movie I watched recently “50 To 1”. Excellent! Talk about believing when the odds are against you! We are all Mine That Bird’s–and God gets us to the victory line every time! πŸ™‚ Cheers to our victory through the Blood of the Lamb! Hugs ~ Laura

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