“You have to learn how to take disappointment…It takes courage to be a good loser”


One of my favorite episodes of “The Andy Griffith Show” portrays Opie as the loser in a race . He truly expected to win and be given a medal. When Opie lost, he went home and pouted. He was a very sore loser. Sheriff Taylor taught Opie that “winning is not a problem. We all know how to do that.” Losing, however, is something we must learn to do graciously.

Across America our college students are acting worse than Opie acted that day. They do not know how to accept it when the person they supported loses the election. Many of them may not have even voted because the pundits and polls indicated Hillary would win. Media told them she should and would win. They are not used to the word “No” and they are angry! Why should they accept the word, “No?”

As I watch those from institutes of higher education protest the results of a free election I can’t help but think of Opie and his reaction to losing.


College students were only 8-12 years old when Obama won his first term in office. They would probably not remember the 2004 election and were not old enough to care who won. These young people have grown up in a system where they learned entitlement thinking. Judging from what I see around me, I suspect most of them seldom heard “No.” Instead, many have watched parents suffer and do without to give them the “good” things life has to offer. It even seems they have not been taught much about others who had to live with loss.

Shouldn’t someone have taught them?

  1. More than half of the world’s population live under autocratic or partly free governments, denied full civil liberties and unable to freely take part in political life.
  2. The right of voting in a free election is the very essence of freedom in a society. This is a way of ending the reign of any person who attempts to rule over the people rather than to lead the people.
  3. A government cannot be of the people, by the people, and for the people without allowing the people to make the choice of their leaders in a lawful election.
  4. Voting in a free election regulated by laws that are respected and adhered to is a privilege not enjoyed by over 1/2 the people in the world.
  5. Our forefathers fought and died so that we might have free elections and self-government.

Society has a responsibility to teach our youth the truth about those who came before us, those who suffered under tyranny and oppression.  Educators should teach what a great privilege it is to live in a free society and the importance of respecting the willing of the people as expressed in a fair and free election.

Educators, teach them about the Electoral College:

Also, our churches need to teach parents why it is important to restrain children from bad behavior if what they are doing is wrong. Consider what happened to Eli’s sons when he refused to punish them for wrong behavior.

And I declare to him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. 1 Samuel 3:13

I am not saying that demonstrating or even violence in the streets is nearly as wrong as what Eli’s sons did. I am suggesting that if Eli had restrained them early on, it might not have come to such a devastating loss for Eli and his family.

Accepting loss graciously is a part of life and something all people need to be taught.


About jlue

I am a grandmother of seven and I like to garden, read, study the Bible, and spend time with family. I am not very politically active, but very interested in who is elected to lead our country.
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