Vander's Thoughts

Vander's Thoughts

Thursday, July 25, 2013


In light of the latest sports scandal involving Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) and cheating, I am compelled to write something that was on my heart since discovering Lance Armstrong had cheated his way to 7 Tour De France titles. The other day as I was watching Sportscenter and it was announced that Major League Baseball’s 2011 MVP Ryan Braun was suspended for using illegal PED’s I was crushed. Here is a guy who last year you rooted for as he defended his innocence and assured baseball fans everywhere that he was wrongly accused, only to discover that a year later he was only out to protect himself and hide behind someone else’s supposed ineptness. Now here he stands, just like Lance Armstrong, exposed and left to excuse his behavior and ask for our forgiveness.

This world will always be filled with people who make mistakes, fall short, and do stupid things, but I’m a little tired of people who won’t own-up to them. I know I've made my share of mistakes, missteps, and messes and I’m quite sure I’m not finished. I can even understand someone trying to find an edge and unintentionally crossing the line and even getting caught up in it and not being sure how to get out of it, but when you’re called out on it, be honest.  Come clean. Be straight-up. And in borrowing and tweaking a term that Lance Armstrong made famous, LIVEHONEST.

The strongest people in the world aren't those who never mess up, the strongest and best in the world are those who shoulder the truth no matter how difficult.  

Proverbs 10:9 - Honesty lives confident and carefree, but Shifty is sure to be exposed.