Confession: I am an Alabama fan. Most of you knew that. Don't hate me. It's in me. I was 12 when "The Bear" died and I went out on my front porch and cried. Not kidding. And I simply could not help but think about my lifelong favorite team when I thought about this truth:
Some teams hope to win. Some teams expect to win.
This truth just might make the difference between winning and losing with your team. When Fall comes, and the game is on the line, there is simply a power in expecting to win vs hoping to win. Expecting to win chases away fear and anxiety and instills a quiet confidence and work ethic that is simply different than most teams. Winners expect to win. In fact, I believe that:
Expecting to win always precedes winning.
By the way, Jesus called this faith: believing something is GOING to happen. He said:
“Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mk 11:23-24 ESV
Do you hope to win? Or expect to win?
If you want to win, stop doubting yourself. You must believe it’s going to happen. You must believe in yourself as much as Jesus believes in you. You must believe that “If it is to be, it will be me.” You must be transformed by the renewing of your mind. You must start training to win. Don’t presume on winning, but be prepared for it. Expect it.