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According to the dictionary, “victory” is described as “success in a contest or defeat of an enemy or opponent.”

I daresay that when a football, basketball, baseball, or soccer team takes the field against their opponent they are not thinking about anything except winning. The coaches and trainers have prepared the athletes for the upcoming battle and that is all they can do. It is up to the individuals on the teams to determine the outcome.

Of course, there will always be the miscommunications, the missed assignments, and the unforeseen and surprise plays and twists. That is to be expected. To me, those variables are what make an event exciting and unpredictable. You can bet on a “sure thing” if you want, but the “victory” quite often comes to the spoiler.

So it is in life. What we might believe and hope to be a certain outcome will certainly have its twists and turns and sometimes different results.

I would never suggest that one stops from dreaming or setting goals for the future, but just remember life will constantly throw you curves and your “victory” comes from your preparation and determination to succeed.

Personally, I believe it is my responsibility to seek the Lord’s wisdom as to what He would have me do. He promises in His Word that He will never leave or forsake us, and I have found that to be true in my life. Sure, times may be difficult or unsettling and might not go as planned, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have “victory” over the hard times. It’s up to me to be prepared and willing to change the game plan according to what is the best for me and to obtain the “victory.”

Your “victory” might not be instantaneous. It might take awhile. But be patient and persistent and “victory” will come.

Audrey B. Unruh is a local columnist, who can be reached at

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