Getting Back Up

I enjoy watching the Olympics because I enjoy watching people who have trained hard enough to become the best in the world at what they do. It takes incredible dedication, perseverance, and desire just to get there; much less to hear your nation’s anthem played when you’re finished.

When an Olympic athlete wins a medal, they put a seal on all of their blood, sweat and tears that they have gone through to arrive at where they are that; and for that moment, and maybe another one in four years, the men and women who win the gold, silver or bronze are on top of the world. It may not mean as much as their medal, but my “hat goes off to them.”

But there is another group of individuals that I love to see at the Olympics. No one in this group walks away with a medal, but they do walk away with my admiration.

This group is made up of men and women who do not compete perfectly – they miss, they stumble, they fall and they lose their grip.

So what’s to admire about this group who fails? It’s simple. They get back up! They finish what they came to do! They brush off their fault and they complete the task! They don’t quit! They acknowledge their mistake and they overcome it!

I don’t enjoy seeing them mess up, but I do enjoy watching them getting back up and competing even when they know they’re not going to finish perfectly. EA

But recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated, you endured a great struggle with sufferings: partly while you were made a spectacle both by reproaches and tribulations, and partly while you became companions of those who were so treated; for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:32-39, NKJV)

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6 comments

  1. So true! In reality what really defines a person is how they can deal with adversity. “Failure” is just an opportunity to learn and grow. Thanks for sharing!

  2. I felt bad yesterday when the South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius failed to advance to the finals of the men’s 400m. To be frank I didn’t expect his comment after the the loss to be that uplifting.

    1. To me, some of the most impressive things I seen during the Olympics are those who show grace even though they lose. And as far as Mr. Pistorius goes, he sure has the ability to make me look foolish when I complain. Thanks for the comment, Walter.

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