IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

March brings us new life in the buds ready to bloom, the sprouts pushing through the hard, winter dirt and the temperatures that spread their wings into warmer arenas. Life is about winning with the birth of Spring and losing the winter browns, grays and cold, chilly wind chills. We are marching forward with expectancy into a new season full of hope and possibility. We look forward rather than backward and press on to new beginnings.

March also brings another aspect into the mix – March Madness. If you are a college basketball fan, this time year is one for winning, losing and marching. I love men’s college basketball and admit I get swept up into the hoopla this time of year. My favorite team–Xavier University–gets most of my attention but I tend to root for the underdog in the other match-ups. I stay up too late, scream loudly and enjoy every minute. If you are wondering if you have stumbled onto the wrong blog today, you haven’t. Just thought I would share a little known part of my personality. I also know how winning, losing and marching is a lesson for all.

Just as Spring teaches us about new life and embracing what is to come, college basketball does the same. Each team prepares and works hard for this time of year. They look forward to entering the Big Dance (the NCAA tournament) and hope to march onto victory. But in the winning, losing and marching forward the teams make choices in how they will react and show the world what they are made of when it comes down to the final minutes.

Will winning bring a sense of graciousness toward the other team? How will a team handle losing a big game? If their team marches onto the next round, will they march with pride or gratitude in their hearts?

Just as Spring opens its doors for new life to enter and a college basketball team accepts the possibilities that come when playing in the tournament, we do the same in our walk with God. The lessons of winning, losing and marching abound. God teaches us that:

We win when we let Him lead the way. Working in harmony creates room for God to work in and through us. 

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

There are no losers when we embrace our identity as children of God. He cherishes every piece of who we are and loves us dearly. 

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1

We march forward into God’s story for us when our hope is in Him. God provides possibilities, a future and expectancy of eternal life. 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30

May we know we are winners in God’s eyes as we march forward into His story for our lives.

Love and blessings!

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