ROCKY IV – PG Galatians Study

I quit the Boy Scouts when I was very close to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Looking back at that decision over the years I can honestly say it was one of the poorest decisions I’ve ever made. The reasons for quitting just weren’t strong enough to justify the decision. I understand there are some good reasons to quit things in your life – and that’s a personal journey. But for me I’ve since learned that quitting after making a commitment rarely results in the satisfaction or relief I think it will. By the way, I’m comparing quitting in the middle of something (an uncompleted project) as opposed to quitting after finishing something (like a term on a board coming to an end).

Lance Armstrong and Peter La Fleur from the movie Dodgeball had a dialogue that showed the different ends of the ‘quitting’ spectrum. And perhaps the long term consequences. Quite a transition in movie reviews from Rocky IV to Dodgeball!

Lance Armstrong: Could I get a bottle of water. – - Hey, aren’t you Peter La Fleur?
Peter La Fleur: Lance Armstrong!
Lance Armstrong: Yeah, that’s me. But I’m a big fan of yours.
Peter La Fleur: Really?
Lance Armstrong: Yeah, I’ve been watching the dodgeball tournament on the Ocho. ESPN 8. I just can’t get enough of it. But, good luck in the tournament. I’m really pulling for you against those jerks from Globo Gym. I think you better hurry up or you’re gonna be late.
Peter La Fleur: Uh, actually I decided to quit… Lance.
Lance Armstrong: Quit? You know, once I was thinking about quitting when I was diagnosed with brain, lung and testicular cancer, all at the same time. But with the love and support of my friends and family, I got back on the bike and I won the Tour de France five times in a row. But I’m sure you have a good reason to quit. So what are you dying from that’s keeping you from the finals?
Peter La Fleur: Right now it feels a little bit like… shame.
Lance Armstrong: Well, I guess if a person never quit when the going got tough, they wouldn’t have anything to regret for the rest of their life. But good luck to you Peter. I’m sure this decision won’t haunt you forever.

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