Going for the gold within

Whether an athlete or not, you can excel in overcoming limitations through an understanding of the infinite capacities of Spirit, God.

International Olympic competition, like the winter games in Albertville and the summer games in Barcelona, can have many emotional highs and lows—almost like a bungee cord ride—for spectators as well as participants.

"Going for the gold," as it's called in Olympic competition, can be disappointing or intensely rewarding. The difference doesn't depend, however, on whether or not we "place" in front of a crowd. Hard-earned success in overcoming limitation in any area of life has rewards that far surpass the cheering of crowds or the bestowal of medals. In fact, "going for the gold" within—enduring the moral and spiritual testing times that bring forth the gold of human character—may well be the most meaningful endeavor of all. We can learn something about this from the story of Job.

April 26, 1993

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