I was thrilled at Tour de France time when Lance Armstrong was winning all those races. it was great, he was an American dominating a European sport, it was almost like a superhero – the mountain stages were Armstrong’s specialty – and we just knew he’d win and usually in overwhelming fashion.
And the best part was: No dope! When others around him fell like flies on doping charges, Lance Armstrong just kept at it. For seven straight years.
Yesterday, Armstrong gave all that up. Still professing his innocence, Lance Armstrong announced he would not continue to fight the recent doping charges, thus giving up cycling and his seven Tour de France titles.
It is a sad and reluctant conclusion that the charges against Armstrong must be true. If it were me, I would have fought these charges to the end – and then some. Only if I ran out of money or some other extreme exigency would I give up the fight. I would fight, not primarily for the seven titles or to avoid the lifetime ban, but for the millions who trusted and admired the Lance Armstrong story. I am sure millions in the USA (and in other nations, too) are profoundly disappointed last evening and this morning.
But I would add: If you place your trust in a person, he or she will let you down. Politicians will let you down to some extent.
But if you feel let down by a person, even a sports figure, I bring you something to consider: There’s one who you can always trust. No matter what. In times of joy or hardship or disease or family issues or any other issue. Put your trust in Jesus today. Go here to find out more.