Over the years the word loser has reach prominence to the point of being a recognized device of modern expression. You hear the word tossed around as a means of reviling someone or simply banter among friends. But, what is a loser? The general definition is one who suffers loss, misplaces something or loses the game. Yet the modern expression mainly refers to someone who is a dud or who can’t get it together. It’s a put-down.

The popular TV show, “The Biggest Loser” has put a new spin on the word and made it a positive expression for the person who loses the most weight. This is a good thing if you are overweight. Although I could stand to lose twenty pounds, I don’t think I could compete in this category. But am I a loser? Have you ever explored this question?

I like what Jesus said about being a loser. He clarified the term loser from a different perspective. In Luke 9:25 He said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” I think he was talking about what I’d call an eternal loser. You know someone who seems to have it all together but loses out in the end. In this case a person that might be considered a loser by modern terms could turn out to be an eternal winner. Who wins and who loses in the eternal sense offers a very different approach to the term loser. Are you an eternal winner or loser?

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