This is one of the best quotes I’ve read in a loooooooong time!
William Arthur Ward said: “Believe while others are doubting. Plan while others are playing. Decide while others are delaying. Prepare while others are wishing. Save while others are wasting. Listen while others are talking. Smile while other are frowning. Persist while others are quitting.”
I read recently that to win in life requires us to do 3 things: 1) We must start. This may seem obvious, but many of us are stuck in neutral waiting for something (or someone!) to get us going. 2) We need to give it our all. I bet you realized this but… never thought about it: Olympic divers don’t save all of their effort for their last dive of the competition. They concentrate on nailing every single dive. This increases their chances for the gold medal. Don’t settle for mediocrity at any phase of your life. 3) We must never give up and never give in. You may remember in the 1992 Summer Olympics, a runner from England was competing in the 400 meter race. Near the finish line, he suffered a torn hamstring and fell hard to the track. As the other runners flashed by, he began to struggle to his feet. His dad, with tears rolling down his cheeks, suddenly leaped out of the stands and ran to help his son on the track. Slowly, agonizingly, they made their way to the finish line together. As they crossed the line, the stadium in Seoul erupted in thunderous applause. The guy didn’t win a medal, but he won something more important— peoples’ respect.
The Bible says, “Run in such a way to gain the prize of heavenly value.” Sometimes there are more important things we should be striving to win in our lives than medals or crowns.