The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat ~ Part 2

In my last post, we began to examine a passage from 1 Corinthians 9 which Sha’ul used the Corinthian Olympics for some timeless insights in the adventure of life.  The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 9 that there are four things it takes to win in life.

  1. It takes desire.  We must want to win.
  2. It takes direction.  We must focus on a goal.
  3. It takes discipline.  We must be willing to work.
  4. It takes determination.  We must never give up.

We examined the first two principles in my last post.  In this post, we will tackle the last two principles in creating a winning life.

Sha’ul says: It takes discipline.

We must be willing to work.  In 1 Corinthians 9:25 he says: Now every athlete in training submits himself to strict discipline, and he does it just to win…” Notice he says they use strict discipline.  In other words, they have to practice self-denial.

These two words – discipline and self-denial – are not exactly popular words in the American culture.  How many of you go home and think, “I think I’ll meditate on the word self-denial How about discipline?” Continue reading “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat ~ Part 2”

The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat ~ Part 1

Given current events, I’ve decided to take a brief break from our series on the END TIMES.  In this and the subsequent post, I want to share some lessons that Rick Warren shared with me four years ago from the London Olympics.

For the last two weeks all the eyes of the world have focused on the Rio 2016 Olympics.  Why is it we’re so interested in this?  It’s because we love to see people excel.  We love to watch winners.  I’m reminded of the old ABC show “Wide World of Sports.”  We would watch that show religiously for the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” 

Click here for a YouTube clip.

I have set my DVR to record ALL that NBC had to offer this year from Rio.  I then fast forward or delete entire shows until I found the events that most interested me.

In 1 Corinthians 9, Sha’ul talks about the Corinthian games which in ancient Greece were second in importance only to the Olympics in Athens.  They were held every three years.  The games including running, leaping, spear throwing, boxing, wrestling, chariot racing and racing in armor (I would have loved to have seen that).  Everyone that competed was required to take an oath that said: “I trained for at least ten months and I will not resort to unfair tricks.”  Maybe the current IOC needs to reinstate that requirement?  Remember, they didn’t have steroids in those days. Continue reading “The Thrill of Victory and The Agony of Defeat ~ Part 1”