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Another Way to Win

By Rubel Shelly

Kay Poe and Esther Kim have been best friends since they were seven
years old. Among other things they have in common, the two young ladies
from Houston both compete at the highest levels in taekwondo. How good
are they? Esther and Kay advanced to the finals in the Women's Olympic
Flyweight division at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team Trials on May 20 in
Colorado Springs.
"I don't think of her as just a friend. I think of her more as a
sister," Kay says. "We've grown up together, and we always push each
other and help each other out the best we can training wise." What a
story was unfolding! Reporters and photographers were poised to record
the outcome of so intense a competition between two girls who have been
close for so long. But a sports story would soon be overshadowed by a
far more important friendship story.
Kay had dislocated her left kneecap in her semi-final match of the
round robin tournament. Though ranked number one in the world at her
sport, it was questionable that she could compete against her best
friend. She could barely stand, so it was a foregone conclusion that
Esther would win, travel to the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, and
represent the United States in the international competition these two
had trained and worked toward for so long.
On the day of the match, Esther Kim shocked the crowd
by forfeiting rather than defeat her friend in an unfair competition.
In allowing the better taekwondo fighter to represent the United States
in Sydney, she won a personal battle over ego and selfishness. Amidst
frequent stories of cheating and taking unfair advantage in order to
win at any price, Esther showed how to win by losing.
"Even though I didn't have the gold medal around me," said Esther, "for
the first time in my life, I felt like a real champion." Her generosity
of spirit was honored with the Citizenship Through Sports Award and
with an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2000 Olympic Games from the
International Olympic Committee.
In the Bible, Paul wrote about giving up certain "rights" for the sake
of people he loved (see 1 Corinthians 9:1-15). Parents do it all the
time for their children. And occasionally friends make magnanimous
gestures like Esther's.
The next time you are inclined to bemoan the selfishness of the masses,
recall this story of a twenty-year-old athlete's largess. The next time
you have the chance to show magnanimity, let it inspire you to rise to
the level of her example.
Rubel Shelly

(c) 1999 Rubel Shelly. Used by permission. From Rubel Shelly's
"FAX of Life" printed each Tuesday.
Visit: to read more of Rubel's writing.
Rubel Shelly has preached for the Woodmont Hills Church of
Christ in Nashville since 1978. During that time, he has also
taught at David Lipscomb University and Vanderbilt University
School of Medicine. He is the author of more than 20 books,
including several which have been translated into languages
such as Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, French, and



Creation Q & A

Q: Some people try to discredit Genesis by saying snakes don't eat dust, as Genesis 3:14 claims. So is the Bible in error?

A: Although we don't know for sure that the serpent referred to in Genesis 1 really was the same as a snake, we do know that snakes do eat dust! After the serpent deceived Eve, God cursed it, saying, "On your belly you shall go and you shall eat dust all the days of your life."  And since most people don't realize that many snakes eat dust, they use this as a reason not to take Genesis literally. See, a snake has an organ in the roof of its mouth called "Jacobson's organ" that helps the snake smell. Here's how it works: with its darting, forked tongue, the snake picks up bits of dust and pulls them into its mouth. Once the dust is inside the mouth, a pair of sensory organs takes over and the snake is able to smell the trail for possible prey. The point is, no matter what the serpent was, nothing contradicts the Bible's clear statements in Genesis.

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Thought For The Day

"Only when we have knelt before God, can we stand before men."

Verse for the Day

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6

Teen's Thought For The Day

"You learn to like someone when you find out what makes them laugh,
but you can never truly love someone until you find out what makes them cry. "

Parent's Thought For The Day

Don't strive so hard to be your son or daughter's friend. Just be their
parent. They have enough friends but only one mom and dad.

Coach's Thought For The Day

"Perform the best you can for when you find that you perform your best,
there is still so much more in volleyball to do better, harder, faster, and
smarter. It is just like when you go for a long journey. You go as far as
you can see, and when you get there, you can see farther." --John Kessel

Writer's Quote For The Day

"When I couldn't find the poems to express the things I was
feeling, I started writing poetry." --Audre Lorde

Deep Thought For The Day

"I'll never forget the day I was born. I cried like a baby."


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This Week: "The Over-Stimulous Package" by Jesse Thompson



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was filled with moments to be treasured forever!"

Silverhill, AL
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