February 11, 2018

How We're all Gold Medalists



 “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”-- 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (KJV)

What Defines You? On what challenges, talents or interests have you expended untold hours and energy? Here are some options:
  • Tech guru
  • Artist
  • Athlete
  • Musician
  • Writer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Parent
  • Beauty/fashion

It’s definitely sports season. However, the purpose of this article is to empower everyone, including non-athletes. You don’t have to be a Super Bowl- or Olympic-caliber competitor to win important battles. We each take part in our own kind of competition when we reach milestones in our chosen field of interest. So, give yourself a pat on the back!

Run Your own Race

My health mentor and all-around valuable friend, Carol Graham, wrote an article mentioning how she enjoyed basketball and track as a student here.  This is my response to her wonderful writing:

Carol, as usual, your article engenders deep thought; thanks for that. I was never much of a sports person. However, I have poured Olympic dedication, patience, and strategy into finding solutions for my health problems. As you know, music also requires gargantuan sacrifice and dedication. I think many of us run our own kind of Olympic trials and races, and they may have nothing to do with sports.
Nehemiah in the Bible

In the book of Nehemiah, we learn about this Jewish cupbearer to the Persian King, Artaxerxes. He is given the ruler’s permission to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the wall. It had been completely demolished over a hundred years earlier by King Nebuchadnezzar.

Jerusalem was left completely undefended. Nehemiah overcomes the skepticism of his “friends”. He also fights the enemy constantly. None of that stops him. He and his co-workers build the wall in 52 days.

Winter Olympics

These top contests for winter sports athletes are currently being held in South Korea. They run February 9th through February 25th. What makes these events stand out?
  • South Korea has never hosted the Olympic Games before.
  • The extremely volatile dictatorship of North Korea is directly above the host country. Since this isn’t a political blog, I’ll stop there.
  • The weather is below 10° F. The Arctic wind chill makes it feel like it’s about -6° F. Participants and attendees are reporting they’ve never felt so cold, according to the news. People are wrapping scarves around their faces.

Super Bowl

The Philadelphia Eagles won this top competition of the NFL (National Football League) on Sunday February 4th. Why is this particularly noteworthy?
  • They won against the NFL’s greatest dynasty, the New England Patriots.
  • The winners are one of 13 teams that have never won a Super Bowl, and they’ve had three appearances. Thirteen years ago they lost to the Patriots. In 1981, they lost to the Oakland Raiders.
  • The weather at the game venue of Minneapolis, Minnesota was a bone-chilling 3° to 6° F.

My Conclusion

Success on any level requires hard work and determination. It doesn’t matter what field of endeavor we’re talking about: sports, talents, academics, or careers. Small victories build stamina for the energy-sapping huge contests.

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What Super Bowls or Olympics have you won?