Danger Ahead – Watch Out
I Corinthians 9:26, 27
I. A POSSIBILITY TO BE FACED.
II. A TRAGEDY TO BE FEARED.
III. A REMEDY TO BE FOUND
Lance Armstrong's autobiography, entitled "It's Not about the Bike". Lance is a phenomenal cyclist who has won the Tour De France for the last four years running.
He's expected to win again this year. One of the things that comes across very clearly in the book is Lance's single-minded devotion to training; his willingness to suffer physically, to push his mind and body to their absolute limit, in the pursuit of athletic victory.
That's really been the key to his success. Listen to this passage, which describes his preparations for the 1999 Tour De France:
"I went back to training. I rode, and I rode, and I rode. I rode like I had never ridden, punishing my body up and down every hill I could find.
I remember one day in particular, May 3, a raw European spring day, biting cold. I steered my bike into the Alps, with Johan following in a car. By now it was sleeting and 32 degrees. I didn't care.
We stood at the roadside and looked at the view and the weather, and Johan suggested that we skip it. I said, "No. Let's do it." I rode for seven straight hours, alone. To win the Tour I had to be willing to ride when no one else would ride." – It's Not About the Bike, pp. 221-222
Riding a bicycle up a mountain, alone, in the freezing rain, for seven straight hours, is commitment. Lance was willing to undergo any amount of suffering, any amount of physical and mental punishment, in order to win a bike race.
And he succeeded. He has received all the fame, and wealth, and honor due a great champion. Yet everything he has worked so long and hard for will ultimately perish.
All of his accomplishments will someday pass away. On the Day of Judgment, all of his medals, and trophies, and awards will crumble into dust. Yet we labor for a crown and for a reward which are imperishable. They will last ...
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