By now, most of us know that Michael Phelps became the all time most-decorated Olympian in the 2012 Summer Games, but even the greatest Olympian of all time did not succeed every time.
In the race preceding his record-setting medal swim, he did the unthinkable. He lost a lead in what was considered his signature event. However, after only an hour out of the water, he anchored the American team in the 200-meter freestyle relay, and this time he did not miss out.
Phelps finished with Olympic Gold and goes out in style. The key was that he was willing to get back in the pool and swim again…overcoming the disappointment of a loss in what was considered by many a “Sure thing!”
I am convinced that too many of us never get back in the pool. We get down, lose a race, experience a little disappointment and never get back in the pool and thus never become the “The Greatest We Can Become”
The Apostle Paul gave us some encouraging words when he said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” But, the only way that is possible in life is to get back in the pool and swim again.
Have a Blessed Day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D