The Amazing Race
“Sometimes God puts you into situations where there’s nothing else. You have to turn to Him… God slowed down my life enough to say ‘Hey, you know what Marion, I should certainly be the most important thing in your world… not fame, not fortune…” –Marion Jones-Thompson
8 Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ 9 and become one with him.
14 As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died.
Marion Jones-Thompson is one of the fastest female runners in the world. She was the first woman in the Olympic history to win five medals, three gold and two bronze, at a single Olympics in 2000. Instantaneously, after that event, she became a superstar. Everybody knows and loves her. She was a champion in the eyes of all and even considered as hero by some. She has certainly reached the pinnacle of his career as an athlete.
However, her sought after fame and fortune did not come to last. 4 years later after her victory, she was charged, which also she pleaded guilty, of using performance-enhancing drugs in order to win competitions. She was sentenced to half a year of imprisonment and all her Olympic titles and medals, including her pride were stripped off her. A once claimed hero this time fell into disgrace.
Yet her seemingly shameful life story does not end in ultimate tragedy. During in prison, she was confined in a solitary place for a couple of months and was locked up many times. Broken and alone with the bible in hand, she encountered God.
She was released after serving her sentence. She has never competed in track and field again but she is now running on the right track in the true race of life. She has found the true meaning of success and it’s not about the number of medals you get but the amount of self you can offer to God. This now is the mark of a true victory.
Oftentimes we need to be stripped off of everything that we hold on to dearly in this world so that in our nothingness, we may receive the most prized possession of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- CNN.com, Track Star Marion Jones Sentenced to 6Months, 2008
- Bleacherreport.com, 15 Athletes Who Fell from Grace: Where Are They Now?, 2012
- Britannica.com, Marion Jones
- Oprah Winfrey Show, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ewja4q0z7s
- Marc Lamont Hill: Our World w/ Black Enterprise, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-37072M1Mg