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Spiritual Life: Calvert Prentis, St John’s Seven Kings

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 August 2017

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A popular Abba song tells the story about a divorce, loss and regret between two members of the pop group. The truth shared by the couple is that no one in these difficult situations comes out as the winner.

This past week the Athletics World Championship has reminded us that not everyone wins and yet, there is a sense that all who put in the hard work of training and participating are winners.

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt have concluded their careers in being great sportsmen, running every race with determination and commitment.

We learn from them that even when we do not win every race or task we can still be winners.

This depends on our attitude and outlook. This theme seems to have caught my eye this week through two twitter messages.

The first was about generally not losing: “If you give up because you had a setback, you will never win”.

The second speaks about the winning spirit that Usain Bolt demonstrated in Stratford Stadium last week. “Maybe not victory on the track but he still came first in our hearts”, was said of him.

Athletes such as Mo Farah, Bolt and Katarina Johnson-Thompson teach us to run the race to win; however, if first place is not the gold we can still be winners.

We might not always make the headlines and may even feel like we are on the sidelines, but the truth is God wants us on His team.

May you win this summer in everything good that builds you and others up.

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