To Rule the Pool

Judging from the generous smile on his face as he glides through the water, propelled by each backstroke, my youngest son loves to swim.  Early last week, as I walked to the staircase at the pool where he and his poolmates practice, I stopped to admire the trophy case.  Some motivational posters serve as the backdrop to the golden figures representing champions and runners-up.  One poster, for a reason that will be clear to you, caught my eyes' first notice. 
"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."

Good point, perhaps.  One expects calls for extraordinary in the sports realm. 

Another poster caused great pause, however.  (Remember, I am quite the fan of Ordinary and I cherish the words of God.)  The mantra printed in progressively enlarged letters read .. .

"The meek may inherit the earth . . . but they'll never rule the pool."

Never mind the comparison of realms of dominion; is swimming faster really that important?

Swimming like Phelps, dancing like Astaire, gracing the strings like Paganini, investing like Buffett - each an achievement to celebrate - is a temporary "rule."  For those who choose the pursuit of Ordinary, times of rule can be fun; yet the rule beyond the pool guides their journey.  Celebrating the Ordinary requires a unique worldview - treasures in Heaven and the like.  Such a worldview provides fuel for the challenging journey of life.  In this life, Ordinary devotees find this view essential for living out the high and, at times, arduous call to . . .

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
                     1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Keep swimming . . . 

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