Just Say No – What Tipped the Odds
Key Bible Verse: “All athletes practice strict self-control. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize”. – 1 Corinthians 9:25
Bonus Reading: 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27
Laffit Pincay was the winning jockey at the Belmont Stakes in 1984. I once overheard a group of men discussing his abilities. One said, “Don’t ever bet your money against that fellow.”
It seems that Pincay was sitting next to him in the first-class section of an airplane once when a fine dinner was served. He said, “The only thing he even touched on his plate was a sack of peanuts. He opened the cellophane wrapper, took out a single peanut and set it on his tray. Then he took his knife, cut the peanut in two and ate one-half of it.”
Even a nongambler like me had no trouble understanding why you shouldn’t wager against a disciplined guy like that. Pincay knows he must exercise self-discipline to keep his weight down yet be strong enough to manage and control a 1,500-pound thoroughbred in a racing situation.
Apparently, his efforts at self-discipline are still paying off. I noticed in the sports section of a newspaper that Pincay recently won a million-dollar race at the Santa Anita Handicap.
- Paul Faulkner in Making Things Right When Thing Go Wrong
Prayer: Dear God, please empower me to resist all that would dilute my commitment to You and Your will for me.
– Adapted from: Making Things Right When Thing Go Wrong (Howard, 1996).