Adam Pengilly was selected to represent his home nation of Great Britain during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. At one time, Pengilly, was a bobsledder, but decided to change over to the more challenging sport of riding a skeleton sled. He told a reporter, “The first run that you ever take is a pretty scary time in your life.” He said the first couple of years learning the new sport were a challenge, but he kept telling himself things would get better.
Pengilly said his hard work paid off, and he became one of his country’s top skeleton racers. Pengilly said his spiritual journey mirrored his experience with the skeleton. Pengilly, who is a committed believer in Jesus Christ, said there were some rough spots along the way, but now he finds himself walking more closely with Christ than ever. He admits he drifted from the Lord as a teenager and college student, choosing to live for himself rather than the Lord. He says things changed one day after he spent a night out with friends. Pengilly said though they had a “good time,” he realized the futility of living that way. At that point, he began to look to the Lord again. He said, “I knew it was the truth and I knew in my heart that it was absolutely right, and so since then it’s been a walk generally in the right direction.”
--http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/BPnews.asp?ID=32318; February 18, 2010. Illustration by Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV) “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”