Recently I read a piece in my devotional book called You Are Worth More than Rubies.  I love the title of this book because it’s such a good reminder to try to be a little more tender to myself.  After all, the worst critic in the world is the one who lives right inside your head.  In the piece from the book I was reminding readers, and myself, since I always need the words God gives me on those devotional pages, that it’s important to coach ourselves to not talk defeat.  After all, when the coach comes out to give a pep talk to the players before the big game, he doesn’t even suggest that they won’t win.  In fact, he makes it pretty clear that they were born to win, prepared for that very moment in time to create the victory.  He lets the team know in no uncertain terms that they’ve got what it takes to play well and spur each other on toward the goals.

That’s what we need to do too.  We need to spur each other on to the victories that God intends us to have.  We need to see ourselves as worth more than a pile of rubies and we know that we have been prepared from the start for whatever this day brings.  We’re part of a team because we have friends who are prayer warriors who keep us lifted up to the Lord even when we don’t know they are praying. We have the word of God to remind us that He is with us every moment no matter what opponents we might face.  We have the assurance that all things are possible with God!

As it says in Hebrews 10:39, “We are not of those who turn back and are lost. We are people who have faith and are saved.”  We have the victory and we have to keep coaching each other, and keep coaching ourselves to trust in that truth.  Your value is beyond description and you never have a reason to talk defeat.

This is a great day because you have everything you need to win!  Now get out there and play!