No permission needed to be a champion in life

Victorious living needs no permission from others when you have faith in God. Photo: Somewhere, there's a statue waiting to be built in your honor. (U.S. Capitol Photo)

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2013 ― It’s only human nature to seek approval for our desires and investors for our dreams, but the greatest accomplishments in life are the ones no one wants you to have. The secret to being the best and glorifying God in your life is to remember no permission is ever needed to be a champion.

Visit the National Statuary Hall Collection at the U.S. Capitol and you’ll find nearly every person enshrined there was at one point dismissed as insignificant, labeled as highly controversial, or cursed as social misfits by the people of their time. Why? Because statues are scarcely carved into images of people who live risk-free lives and enjoy the approval of all who know them.

The mold of a statue is reserved only for those who break the mold of everyday life and do great things in spite of great challenges. This is why Jesus said in Revelation 3:12, “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

Overcoming opposition and challenging situations is no easy task though, especially in today’s modern world. Excessive criticism can break your self-esteem, repetitive rejection can cause you to doubt your vision, scarcity can intimidate your plans and the lure of an ordinary life can tempt you to quit before accomplishing great things.

During his ministry, Jesus spoke of a certain nobleman who went into a far country to be appointed as a king. “But his citizens hated him,” Jesus went on to say in Luke 14:14, “and sent a message after him saying ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’”

Sometimes the very people who are supposed to accept and support us are the ones who hate and reject us the most. But then Jesus says in the next verse, “And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom.” The ruler became king in spite of opposition.

In your life, you may have experienced situations where no one approved of you or rejected your vision. You may have had no investors for your business, no friends to spend time with, no family to appreciate you or found no supporters for your plans.

The Bible summarizes Jesus’ life as “despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows” (Isaiah 53:3) and says, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (John 1:11). Yet in spite of all these things, nothing can stop the person whom God has chosen to accomplish his work. Your friends, family members and even your enemies can’t stop you from being a champion in every area of your life and destiny!

Psalm 118:22-23 says “The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” People may have thrown you out, but God can make you indispensable in shaping the future. People may have said you wouldn’t do anything worthwhile, but God can make you a statue of victory that people will be talking about for ages to come.

Champions don’t need permission to win any more than the sun needs permission to shine or the clouds need permission to rain. What is the secret to success? Believe that God wants the very best for you and act courageously in spite of what others say about you.

The time to do something great is scarcely ever “right.” If you wait for people to change their minds or circumstances to be perfect, you’ll always find yourself fearful, frustrated and intimidated.

Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.” There’s a good report waiting for each and every single person with the faith to believe in God’s plan for their life and the courage to fight for it.

This week, make it a point to remember that your future doesn’t depend on what people think about you or do to you. Pray this prayer:

“God, I know that you destined me to be a champion, more than a conqueror in all things through Jesus. This week I choose to believe that my destiny does not depend on man’s opinion but on God’s mercy and love for me. Lead and guide me in courage and righteousness that I may be worthy of your acclaim and victorious in all I do!”


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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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