"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 . . .