DayBreaks for 03/24/11 – The Agony of Defeat

DayBreaks for 03/24/11 – The Agony of Defeat


Not all defeats are truly defeats...

For years as a young boy, I watched ABC-TV’s “The Wide World of Sports” religiously.  I have always loved sports in nearly every incarnation.  It didn’t matter if you were talking hunting, fishing, climbing, or any other sport – I would turn it on and watch!  One of the most memorable parts of the show was the opening sequence, that described “…the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.”  The agony of defeat was well illustrated with a clip of a painful ending to an attempted ski jump. The skier seemed to be in great shape coming down the ramp to attempt his jump, but then, for no apparent reason, the skier tumbles head over heels off the near side of the jump, bouncing off the supporting structure as part of his horrific crash.


What viewers never knew what that the skier in the clip chose to fall rather than make the jump. He explained why he did it later: the ramp had become too fast, and when he was about half-way down the ramp, he knew that if he went ahead with the jump that he would land on the level ground, well beyond the safely sloping landing area.  To land on the level ground could have been fatal, or could have snapped his spine like a twig, so he purposely aborted the jump..

As it turned out, the skier suffered no more than a headache from the tumble though for all intents and appearances, one would think he must have broken a dozen bones.

To change course in life can be a dramatic and painful, but change is better than a fatal landing at the end.  The wise will hear the warnings of the Lord and will change, before it is too late.

The wise of heart will receive commandments, but a babbling fool will come to ruin. – Proverbs 10:8

PRAYER: Help us see truth, to recognize danger, and to make the changes in our life that You show us before we crash and burn!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

COPYRIGHT 2011, Galen C. Dalrymple  ><}}}”>

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