Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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Isaiah 55 : 1-2

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labour on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.

Article Index
The Lies that deny men their victory
Is there any relief in defeat?
I am too old and it is too late to have a go in life.
I am not good enough and I don't have what it takes
I am too good and over qualified
I have messed things up beyond redemption and my past mistakes have now caught up with me
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Introduction

Everyone loves a success story, especially the one that sees the hero in the story snatch victory right from the jaws of defeat. Everyone loves a hero who fought against the odds, one who surmounted all the obstacles, especially the stories of heroes who refuse to stay down. Sometimes these stories are works of fictions nonetheless they still manage to captivate our attention because we can relate to the plot in many ways. Sometimes too they can be real life stories involving real people who battled against all odds to emerge victorious even when they have been written off in which case they often sound too good to be true, such that even the most hardened of us all would ascribe such victory as a miracle.

People draw encouragement and inspiration from these stories (fictional and real), they become a source of inspiration and a beacon of hope to many who may find themselves going through similar struggles in life and in dire need of a boost to keep the struggle on until victory is achieved. But the reality about the struggles of life is that even with such inspirations available, many still end p being defeated and unable to overcome the mountains standing in their way. The reality of life is that even in the midst of so many success stories, a number of people facing similar circumstances still end up flat on their back, well beaten and soundly defeated. Many simply give up and resign themselves to defeat, others simply cave in while accepting defeat as the best alternative by throwing in the towel.

I know a couple of people around me who passed through this way in life, these were friends, family members and even those who were not that close, but were nonetheless known to me. At some point, I believe I'd also entertain the fear of going the same way, at some point, the taste of defeat was close and in a very strange way one could almost even feel a sense of relief even in defeat, a sense of let's just get it over with, so that one can have peace (if there is such a word in defeat). So why would anyone feel a sense of relief in defeat? Why would anyone cherish the bitter taste of defeat and still find it welcoming? These are good questions that hopefully would be addressed during the course of this exposition.