Last week, 8 badminton players were ejected from the Olympic games for playing poorly. The problem was that they intentionally lost certain matches in order to have easier opponents going forward. In other words, they put the “Bad” in Badminton. The obvious lack of effort was so bad that during the match the crowd started booing, and the referee warned them about deliberately losing a match.
Later, Olympic organizers ejected all 8 players for not playing their best and honoring the games.
Rarely do you hear of an Olympic caliber athlete NOT doing his/her best. As I thought about that, I wondered how many of us are not doing our best every day. Each day is a gift, and it should never be deliberately wasted due to laziness, bad attitudes, and other things that impede daily success.
The Bible says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord…”(Colossians 3:23). So, whatever game you play in life or whatever work you do…give your best, and you will not be disqualified.
Have a great day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D