Two-Minute Meditations
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Achievements are temporary, people are forever.
Look Who's Number One

        What an incredible record! Jack Nicklaus has rewritten the record books in professional golf. His record is without rival. To mark the end of his career in the U.S. Open, the associated press ran a feature listing Nicklaus’ accomplishments.

2 U.S. Amateur Championships
3 British Open Championships
4 U.S. Open Championships
5 PGA Championships
6 Masters Championships

        On and on the list went, detailing accomplishment after accomplishment. But what struck me most was his number one accomplishment, the one at the top of the list.

1 Wife (Barbara)

        In an age of disposable partners, this may be the biggest accomplishment of all. Here is a man who excelled in his field without rival or compare. With dignity, style, and faithfulness he has rewritten the record books. Despite the travel and the temptations that come with money, success, and power, there was never a doubt about Jack Nicklaus’ love for his family and his wife.

        In an era of high profile athletes who abuse their spouses, have trouble with drugs, leave behind children without a father, and who abandon their families to pursue their careers, it’s nice to know that the greatest of all time in this arena has as his number one accomplishment his lifetime commitment to his wife.

        Courage is not displayed in the fleeting moments of fading glory in athletic pursuits, but in the consistent care and faithfulness to people we have promised to love, honor and cherish. Achievements are temporary, people are forever. So in our pursuit of fame, fortune and glory, let’s make sure that we have as our number one goal faithfulness to our family and our promises to them.

“You weep and wail because God no longer pays attention to you... You ask, ’Why?’ It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and wife the of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant.” (Malachi 2:13-14)


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