Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

From Win at Home: A 14-Day Devotional

We are taught that to win, someone has to lose. We see this in sports, business, and entertainment. One person’s victory is another’s defeat.

But in the Christian life, when you win so does everyone in your circle of influence. The words we speak, the kindness we show, the priorities we set — all of these things leave an impact on our roommates, children, and neighbors.

When we’re walking with Jesus, it changes us and leaves a mark on everyone around us.

Years from now it won’t matter how much money we made or how many awards we received. Our legacy will come from the way we lived and how we made those around us feel.

When we take seriously the command to love the Lord with all our hearts, all our souls, and all our strength, it leaves an impression on our kids (Deuteronomy 6:5-7). Our story becomes their story, and then their kids’ story.

Some of us grew up in homes where this was modeled for us. Grandparents shared stories of God’s faithfulness with our parents that we’re passing along to our own kids today. Others of us are the first in our families to believe. And as we share what God has done, it creates a new branch in the family tree (Psalm 145:4-5).

Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue...” With every word we speak, we have the opportunity to give life to those around us, to make God’s ways and His salvation known. Are we up for the challenge?

You may believe that what you say and do only impacts you, but nothing could be further from the truth. Let’s commit to winning at home and seeing the legacy a life of faith leaves.

Reflect:

  • What do you want to be known for? What do you want the legacy of your family to be?
  • How have you seen God show up for you in the past?
  • What is one example of God’s faithfulness you can share with someone today?


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Session 1

We don’t win at home alone

Have you ever had one of those days where everything that could go wrong, went wrong?If you’ve ever experienced tears of frustration and ...

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Session 2

Are our priorities in the right place?

There are two great indicators about where someone’s priorities lie: their schedule and their budget. Money and time are both finite reso...

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Session 3

Being present is more important than being perfect

We don’t have a monopoly on hurried lives. Past generations bemoaned the same struggle. Simon and Garfunkel’s 1966 hit “Feelin’ Groovy” b...

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Session 4

God knows more about what your people need than you do

We ask God to do lots of things in the lives of those we love, but when’s the last time you asked God what He wants to do in the lives of...

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Session 5

Are you putting off what you desperately need?

Ever been on the receiving end of this text: “Do you mind if we stop by to bring a meal and hold the baby for a bit?”If you’ve ever welco...

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Session 6

What changes when we trust God

The news bombards us with possible dangers, from phone scams to burglaries to hackers on social media. No matter our age or stage of life...

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Session 7

Is the Holy Spirit leading our hospitality?

In Luke 19:1-10, a tax collector wanted to see Jesus. He was too small to see over the crowds, so he climbed up a tree to get a better lo...

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Session 8

Generosity always wins the day

If you’ve ever traveled to a third-world country, you’ve seen the paradox that less is more.Americans will look around and say, “They hav...

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Session 9

Be ready to give a reason for your hope

The word “evangelism” can be intimidating. We imagine knocking on doors or preaching on a soapbox on the streetcorner.But what if evangel...

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Session 10

If we want to win, we have to forgive

The assumption is that a good marriage is one where you always agree. A happy family is one where no one loses their temper or gets on an...

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Session 11

Why it’s important to reconcile, not just forgive and forget

Ever notice how the morning after a big fight nothing feels quite right? It doesn’t matter who you blew up at — your roommate, your spous...

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Session 12

The battle for your home is as much a battle for your mind

I don’t have what it takes to be a good parent.I doubt anyone would come to a group in my home.God can’t use me because of what I’ve done...

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Session 13

Winning often doesn’t look the way we think

Some wins don’t result in trophies or medals. Just ask the mom who had three hours of sleep, but still got everyone to school on time. Or...

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Session 14

When you win, so do those around you

We are taught that to win, someone has to lose. We see this in sports, business, and entertainment. One person’s victory is another’s def...

Read Devotional

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