“A winner admires and respects other winners. A loser resents winners and tries to find something negative to say about them.” Steve Spurrier
Over time I have noticed the truth of the above. I discover a lot about people in my initial conversations with them. If, for instance, I mention Peyton Manning, and I get a “Yes, but,” that’s about what I need to know about the person with whom I am conversing. Especially if the “Yes, but” comes from a guy who was the quarterback in the 5th grade the last year he played.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski is said to have been the greatest popular pianist of all time. He was also the Prime Minister of Poland. On top of all this he practiced six hours per day and wrote much about his commitment to music. Was he a winner? Yes. Was he a “Ninnie,” putting down every other pianist? Nope, he was noted for encouraging lessor lights.
Most pianists, in church work especially, are Paderewski’s. Our church pianist, when asked to play a piece she doesn’t know, has been heard to say, “No, I cannot. But the next time I will be able to.” A winner!
1 Corinthians 15:58, “always abounding in the work of the Lord,”
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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