Winning Versus Succeeding

I hope you had an enjoyable Labor Day holiday. To help you ease back into the work week, here's some wisdom from Coach John Wooden. He has a lot to say about living and leading well.

Jesus' parable of the bags of gold in Matthew 25 can be perplexing, but I think Wooden's observations offer insight. Maybe God is less interested in us winning than he is in us succeeding. Maybe he wants us to focus less on outcomes (which we mostly can't control, anyway) and more on making the most of the gifts and talents he's given us.

Focusing on success can be liberating in a world so obsessed with winning.