Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat. (Malcolm Forbes, late American entrepreneur)

Life does have its ups and downs, the mountaintop experiences and the valleys of depression. What helps an athlete get over an agonizing defeat is a later win. Once we’ve learned that defeats are not permanent, we can anticipate moving forward aggressively to the next contest. A win, then, can be especially sweet.

The Lord God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory (Isaiah 12:2).