Lion in the Grass

In the “Good Book” it says, “All men run in a race, run in such a way that you may win!” I like men who will “fight”; I like men who will take action, who fear a lack of engagement far more than they fear defeat.  General Patton once said: “A good plan, executed violently, is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.  We have all heard and read that the games we compete in are really games decided by inches, “an inch too long and you don’t quite catch it, an inch too short and you don’t quite make it”.  Games are equally about the seconds on a clock and every second represents a moment, a trigger, a chance to respond in such a way that you may win!  Collectively, at the end of the day, these moments are summed up to carve out the experience you have traded them for.  That experience is your life, as well as, a road map of the life which you have left for others to follow.  For the man who competes, a workout quickly becomes a week, a week a month, months become a season and the seasons, a lifetime; then, you find yourself standing at the exit on the field after your final year of life.  You ask yourself the question, maybe more honestly than ever before, if you’ve won enough of these moments to warrant the grace so freely given you?

There is the picture you probably all have seen, of the Lion in the tall grass on the African savanna with the gazelle standing in the distance.  The inscription begins: “Every morning in Africa, a Gazelle wakes up, it knows it must run faster than the fastest Lion or it will be killed…Every morning a Lion wakes up.  It knows it must outrun the slowest Gazelle or it will starve to death.”  If you think to yourself now, as the exit tunnel seems so far in the distance, my days of running are over the gift of grace has set me free;  then, you have missed the most important lesson here.  You have missed the Lion in the tall grass.

My favorite coach used to say these words every day at the beginning of practice.  “Today is the beginning of a new day, God has given you this day to use as you choose; you may use it for good or evil.  When today is gone, it will be lost forever, leaving in its place something you have traded for.  Be sure that it is good not evil, gain not lose, success not failure.”  Run in such a way, that you may WIN! Ain’t it so!


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