Lessons from Lance Armstrong

As a cyclist, I am sickened by the demise of Lance Armstrong. His fall from grace in the biking world is being felt by everyone, not only cycling enthusiasts. This is probably a combination of things: his dominance in the sport; his household-name status; the millions he raised to fight cancer through his Livestrong Foundation.

While I am sad to see all of his failure, I think it would be wise for us to learn lessons from his life.

Lesson like:

Cheaters don’t win. Really, they don’t.

Short-term gain equals long-term pain.

Some things are more valuable than winning. Self-respect and integrity are invaluable.

Yellow jerseys won by cheating are an embarrassment.

“Be sure that your sins will find you out.” (Numbers 32:23)

I have compassion on Mr. Armstrong. While I think he will never redeem his reputation, he can regain his self-respect. I pray that happens.

I am convinced that most, if not all, of Armstrong’s competitors were also doping. There were so many who were busted in that era. Makes me wonder if he would have been as dominant, if none of them had cheated. Somehow, I think probably so. Now no one knows or cares. Rather sad, isn’t it? Let it never be said of us that we are such moral failures, that no one cares.

Living strong is more than words.

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3 responses to “Lessons from Lance Armstrong

  • Tom Moher

    Well written. I agree with all of it…When it all begins and ends with you…You can rationalize anything.

  • Megan

    The whole sport looses when doping goes unaddressed. Knowing the majority of athletes were likely using some sort of performance enhancer, you then start to wonder if the contests were between the best athletes, or the best cheaters. Regrettable on many levels.

  • rickwhitter

    It makes it difficult to cheer for anyone. More and more sports fans are becoming cynics. Unfortunately, I guess that is true for life in general.

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