“Have you ever really failed?” the man asked me. “I mean, have you ever really been beaten?” I speak at a different church every weekend of the year, preaching the Gospel and sharing the work that we do at Metro World Child. I meet thousands of people, so it wouldn’t be surprising to you that I don’t remember every conversation. It’s impossible! But this questioned made me stop and think. Hard.

I recalled all the years I’ve been in Brooklyn, working in the ministry. I remembered the friends and kids who have died over the years; days when I was hungry and couldn’t afford to get food; nights we almost froze sleeping with the rats in the old warehouse; days when we had no gas for the Sunday School buses; and the people who said I could never survive in the big city.

Then I realized something – the difference between winning and losing is simple. It’s not a difficult concept to understand. Most of winning is just standing your ground.

With tears in my eyes, I gazed at the man across from me. “No,” I said, “I’ve never been beaten because I’m still here. The only way I can ever lose is to leave town.” He understood what I meant. When you’re sure you are where you’re supposed to be, then stay there. To win, you only have to stand your ground. Success is already yours. And success will always be yours if you take courage from God to stand where He wants you to stand.
 
Today, if you’re where God wants you to be, just stay there. Stand your ground. Stay there, and you’ll win today. Stay there tomorrow, and you’ll win then, too. Stay there to the end of the week, to the end of the month, to the end of the year – that’s how you’ll win.
 
It’s been 40 years since I moved to Brooklyn and started the ministry with nothing except a conviction from the Lord and faith that He’ll always finish what He started. Years from now, God willing, I’ll still be here, standing my ground. Where will you be?
 
“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” – Ephesians 6:13
 
Without Wax,  Bill

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