1st place to last place … finish the race!

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.( Romans 3:23)

I enjoy the competition of the Olympic games. Men and women train for years to be the best they can be in the sport they love to do. When we enjoy something, we usually give it our all.  During the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, Apolo Anton Ohno was racing, with only two laps to go in the 1,000 meters short-track finals, he made his move and was in first place heading for the finish line and a gold medal. He was still in the lead going around the final turn. That’s when it happened. China’s Li Jiajun tried to pass on the outside, but Ohno wouldn’t give any ground. At the same time, Ahn Hyun-Soo, of South Korea slipped to the inside of Ohno trying to edge his way past the American skater, resulting in four skaters crashing.

Steven Bradbury, of Australia, went from last to first to claim the gold medal. Ohno had the presence of mind to get up and stick out his left skate across the finish line to claim second place. He won the Silver medal because he finished the race. “I thought it was one of the best efforts of my life,” Ohno said. “I was definitely very happy with my performance, regardless of what medal I have.”

Paul wrote, “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” Yes, we all have sinned, but some people realize that they have fallen, pull themselves up and finish the race. For those people, then can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith!”

But what happens when you fall? No one is perfect, everyone stumbles. So what do you do? Don’t let your failures shatter your faith, GET BACK UP AND FINISH THE RACE!

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