ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” T.V. program once illustrated “the agony of defeat” with a painful ending to an attempted ski jump. The skier appeared in good form as he headed down the jump, but then for no apparent reason he tumbled head over heels off the side of the jump, bouncing off the supporting structure.
What viewers didn’t see is that he chose to fall rather than finish the jump. Why? As he explained later the jump surface had become too fast, and midway down the ramp, he realized that if he completed the jump, he would go far beyond the landing area, which could have been fatal. As it was, the skier only suffered a headache from the tumble. This story illustrates a very important principle. I’m referring to the need to foresee the disastrous “landing” that our words, our actions, or our habits might incur if we continue on our present path. Twice the writer of Proverbs tells us, “A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself; the simple pass on and are punished.” (Proverbs 22:3 and 27:12) In other words, don’t get caught up in the excitement of the “jump”. Look ahead and realize that the “landing” may not be worth it.