Everyday Victory

If I asked you to ponder the word “victory” and picture in your head what it looks like, you’d probably envision lots of different things. Perhaps you flash back to completing the final 100 yards of a half marathon race you trained months to get ready for. Maybe it’s the scene across the horizon you saw when you finally got to the top of a tough mountain climb. For some it might be that time they made a hole in one on the golf course or when they won their high school talent show or when they got hired on to a company for their first job out of college. The point is that each of us has a different picture of victory that’s been shaped by our goals and aspirations, successes and failures, and experiences and visions.

Tomorrow night, one man’s vision of victory will finally come to fruition. You might not recognize the name Adam Greenberg, up until a few days ago I didn’t either, but I can guarantee you that he’s got a very strong picture of what victory entails. You see, back on a July evening in 2005, Greenberg finally got to live out his childhood dream of suiting up for a major league baseball game with the Chicago Cubs. It would have been a great night for just about anyone, but for Greenberg, the dream quickly turned into a nightmare. When he stepped up to the plate for the first pitch of his career, he was hit in the back of the head with a 92 mph fastball. The force of impact was so traumatic that it cut Greenberg’s career short. In fact, he never made it up past Double A ball afterwards.

Adam Greenberg - Miami Marlins
Adam Greenberg – Miami Marlins

Yet, in an odd twist of events and with the help of a filmmaker and the signatures of thousands of fans, Greenberg will finally get his chance after all. You see, the Miami Marlins, caught wind of a campaign called one-at-bat, which advocated getting Adam one more plate appearance to allow him to end his career on a high note. They decided to sign him to a one-day contract and tomorrow he will appear at the plate in a Miami uniform, the team that the Cubs played the night he was hit.

The Marlins won’t be winning the World Series this year, but I’ve got to believe that for Adam Greenberg, tomorrow night will sure feel like a championship win. Victory comes in different packages. Sometimes it’s a championship and other times it’s just getting out of bed in the morning. Truthfully I’m still analyzing what victory means to me as I consider everything that has happened in my life; my achievements, the things God has done for me, and the relationships with others I’ve developed. It frankly changes more often than we realize. I’ve included a few Bible verses below about victory, if you like them great, if not that’s fine too. (I know some of you are on here just because of baseball.) Nevertheless, enjoy your journey and may it be full of victory.

Bible Verses About Victory

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” – Romans 8:37 NIV

“From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me, but they have never defeated me.” – Psalm 129:2 NLT

“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 15:56-57 NIV

“The LORD your God is in your midst, A victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.” – Zephaniah 3:17 NASB

“With God’s help we will do mighty things, for he will trample down our foes.” – Psalm 60:12 NLT

“We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.” – Psalm 20:5 NIV

“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” – Proverbs 21:31 NIV

“For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.” – 1 John 5:4 NLT

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