Lance Armstrong is truly an amazing sports figure. Did you know that he:
•Was raised by single mom
•Finished 14th in first Olympics at age 21
•Turned pro at age 21
•Finished dead last in 1st professional road race
•Pulled out of his 1st Tour de France at 21
•Won the World Race Championship at 21 – after crashing twice
•Finished 2nd in Tour duPont at 22
•Finished 1st next yr in record time at age 23
•Finished 12th in 1996 Olympics at age 25
•Pulled out of Tour de France
•Diagnosed with cancer at 25
•Given 40-50% chance to live (Cancer was found in his abdomen, lungs, lymph glands and even his brain)
His hard work and grueling training regime were finally starting to pay off, and then he receives a death sentence. Do you ever feel like life is just too hard, or that your marriage is just way too much work? Ever feel like you’ve tried and tried, but your best just isn’t good enough?
All of us feel like throwing in the towel sometimes. Marriage is indeed hard work. I Corinthians 7 tells us up front that, “those who are marriage will face hardships in this life” – but the preacher seemed to have left out that part from the ceremony. Sometimes we feel like we have nothing left – we have been given a 40-50% chance of making it. What are we going to do? Curl up in front of the tv, or get back up on the “bike” of being the husband God calls us to be…… check this out….
•Less than 2 years after his diagnosis, aggressive chemotherapy and surgeries – Armstrong began to train again.
The following year he won the prestigious Tour de France. He went on to win it every year from 1999-2005 – a record 7 times.
I am inspired by world-class athletes. I am more inspired by world-class husbands who work hard through the painful, lonely times, and come out winners – for the glory of God.
I Cor. 9:24 – Run in such a way that you may win.