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January 23, 2007


My, my, I can only imagine how Peyton Manning feels after winning the AFC Championship game. I believe that this win is especially satisfying to him in light of the times when he did not win the so-called big game. It is amazing how good winning feels. And yet many opt each day not to engage life because they are fearful of either losing or winning. The challenge that comes to us when we lose is to somehow find deep inside ourselves the strength to not let the defeat be seen as the substance of our existence. The challenge of winning is not allowing the victory to make us smug, over confident, or down right arrogant. Peyton at least on camera handled the victory with the same grace he has handled some bitter defeats.

You see I believe that the most important thing in life is how you grow each and every day regardless of whether you are victorious or defeated. How do you not let the drive to win so dominate you that you will do anything, even act in immoral ways to win? It appears from the numbers and even the attitude of the United Methodist Church that we are losers. However, I would remind us if we could but admit we have made some mistakes and then learn from them, I believe the Lord would send a bounteous harvest to us. I believe the scriptures tell us that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who loves us. I truly believe this. It is my story and I'm holding on to it.


Posted by Bishop at January 23, 2007 12:40 AM


Bishop Swanson,

You are ON POINT with your comments about winning and losing.....with regard to sports, how we live our lives and how we in the UMC view ourselves and others. Thank God, you remind us of His grace and goodness and graciousness and what HE can do, especially if we will but follow Him.

May God continue to bless you and your work. Lena Epps Brooker

Posted by: Lena Epps Brooker at January 24, 2007 05:37 PM