The Greatest of All Time
Dvora Meyers wrote an article for Vice News about Simone Biles.1 I read it because I admire Simone’s gymnastic routines. She performs flawlessly almost superhuman moves that no other female in world history has even attempted in competition. She has won more world championship gymnastic medals than any other male or female. She is the greatest gymnast of all time. At 4 feet 8 inches, her accomplishments tower above all female gymnasts to a greater extent than any other contemporary athlete over everyone else in his/her sport. If you were she, do you think that would make you happy? There is more to Dvora Meyers’ story.
When you are the greatest of all time in a sport, whatever you achieve after you retire will pale in comparison. For someone who has worked so hard to stand alone in the gymnastics spotlight, the thought of what is next is unsettling. Biles said, "We almost feel like all of our life and social skills [have been put] aside to be good at one thing, and then you put us in the real world, and we're just like, lost." The thought of life after sport’s glory can be depressing. Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, considered suicide following his success at the 2012 London Olympics.
Most of us would like to be the greatest of all time at something, but we do not have the ability and will to accomplish it. Even if we did, we would discover what Simone Biles, Michael Phelps and many others have—being the greatest of all time does not satisfy. Real peace, joy and contentment require turning the desire for greatness on its head. Success is not about making a name for ourselves. It is about carrying out God’s purpose for our lives and bringing Him the glory He deserves. "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols” (Isaiah 42:8). Jesus is the greatest of all time with supremacy in all things (Colossians 1:18). We were created to worship, serve, and give Him glory (Revelation 14:7), not to be worshipped, served, and glorified ourselves.
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