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The Spoils
 
Without vision, there is no victory.
 
The result of big risk is bigger reward. As long as we have faith in our own cause and an unconquerable will to win, victory will not be denied us. Against all odds, if you still persist and create your art, it will be a victory! It will be your victory. Finally, you would win. Victory in the spiritual realm is primary. It is to be obtained by the employment of spiritual weapons. When God sends a message of warning through dreams and visions, he is not sending them to instill fear in your heart. He wants to avert the evil that could have happened and soothe your heart with profound peace. We would be wise not to play the victim, for that would be to miss the fact that defeat holds the raw ingredients from which the greatest victories are crafted. Great victory demands great venture. If an unexecuted idea still lingering on in your mind, the idea must be worth taking the risk. Taking risk may not give you the conquest but it will certainly give you the confidence.
 
If you want something which is beyond your reach, you will have to do something which is beyond your capacity. Don’t refuse to risk, if you succeed you will be pleased, if you fail you will be prudent. Taking risk will have its consequences, so does not taking any risk. The first rule of any game was to assume you could win, even if you had to hunt through the universe’s cracks for a strategy, even if you had to turn the pieces inside-out, even if you had to tell so many lies to the opponent that they couldn’t figure out which way was up. The peak of a man’s happiness is to win a victory; winning a victory, in other words, defeating someone or seeing someone else being defeated. Tell me it can’t be done and I’m likely to take a shot at it. And that’s not based on arrogance or some inflated sense of grandiose superiority. Rather, it’s based on a God Who says that the impossible is nothing more than surrender in disguise and defeat that was a victory on the way before I got in the way.
 
Abandon the idea that you will forever be the victim of the things that have happened to you. Choose to be a victor. For it is our most secret desire that governs and dominates all. If your eyes look for nothing but evil, you will always see evil triumphant; but if you have learned to let your glance rest on sincerity, simpleness, truth, you will ever discover, deep down in all things, the silent overpowering victory of that which you love. If you want victory in your life you must learn to be alone with your own thoughts and cause them to be correct thoughts. Life is a constant series of lessons and they are often wrought through failure. Inevitably, leaders will have the lion’s share of it I, above all, should know. The most important thing is not how you feel about those failures, but what you do with them afterward. Failure has a way of preparing us for victory. Insincerity can walk, but it can’t run. The reason that I can’t find the enemy is that I have yet to look within myself.
 
An honorable defeat is better than a dishonorable victory. If the amount of times we get up is just one less than the amount of times that we’ve been knocked down, then we’re spending our lives lying down. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. Although it may be phenomenally difficult to ferret out at times, there is always something that I can appreciate in every tragedy that befalls me. And despite how small that bit of appreciation might be, if I start with that I will find that I am winning the battle before I ever start fighting it. When it comes to life, I would much rather have run the race well than have run the race fast. For if we understand life, we would realize that the first one to cross the finish line is not necessarily the one who actually won the race. Those who fail to learn from the past abate its triumphs. The only place that a defeat becomes a defeat is when I make it so in my mind.
 
Victory is not based on the nature of any outcome, but on the fact that one stood by their values even in the face of the most devastating outcomes. So we rise to the challenge knowing that the victory is already ours. I pray not for victory, but to do my best.
 
Yesterday’s defeat is tomorrow’s victory.

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