Thought for the day 25 July

Yesterday should have been the first day of the 2020 Olympics, but they are postponed. Somewhere at home there are photos of my parents wearing Gold Medals from the 1984 Games. NOT that they were competitors, but a neighbour was (he bought the house where I grew up). Mike actually came second in the race, but the person who crossed the line was disqualified after a drugs test. He then had a party for the neighbours and all had their picture taken wearing the Medal. Illustrates well the rhyme I learned as a small child that ‘cheaters never prosper’. Cheating isn’t confined to high level sport. It can be found in all walks of life, from exams to winning commercial contracts. Some do get away with it, but in many cases it is exposed, creating heartbreak, disappointment and wrecked long-term chances. The finger of blame is usually pointed at the perpetrator, but sometimes they are under huge pressure from family, fans, coaches, bosses or whoever

Lord, help us not to cheat. Help us not to put pressure on others to cheat. Help us to appreciate and value what we can do and what we cannot do, what others can do, and what they cannot do

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