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.
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.