I’ve been thinking about the Sports Spectrum Training Table article of April 4, 2011 by Ryan Dinunzio, which discussed a hypothetical situation where a coach is given a playbook that is a road map to victory. I drew a comparison between the article noted above and a scene in the movie Back to the Future II, where Old Biff from the future traveled back in time to 1955, and gave his younger self a sports almanac from the future.The Biff from 2015 explained to the 1955 Biff that it guaranteed victory for betting on sports events in the future such as football, boxing, horse racing, etc.
The above is analogous of a motivational book that hall of fame boxer Ken Norton received as a gift from a friend entitled Think and Grow Rich, that Norton said changed his life. Think and Grow Rich is a classic best-seller that explains how to create your own future through a philosophy of self-determination. Norton himself is a Think and Grow Rich success story, and he has always acknowleged the role that God has played in helping him. In his book entitled Believe, Norton stated that Think and Grow Rich became his “Boxing Bible”. I was introduced to Think and Grow Rich when I read Norton’s autobiography, Going the Distance, where Norton also discusses the importance of a personal relationship with God. Second only to the Bible that I received as a gift from my grandmother as a youth, Think and Grow Rich, (which is essentially written from a Judeo-Christian perspective), has become a guidebook for my life.
To quote from the Sports Spectrum Training Table article noted above: … "A man walks up, hands you a playbook and says 'Everything you need to go all the way is right here. This guarantees you victory. I am not saying it will always be easy, but there are plays in here for every situation; you may not always understand or even agree with everything. But trust it.' Two questions: Do you take it? Do you use it?...If you took it, would you use it? I would. It guarantees victory just by doing what it says. Just like that situation, God has provided you the playbook that guarantees victory, the Bible….Do you rely on it?…God has given you the playbook to life - follow it, immerse yourself in it, and read it."
Indeed, the Bible that my grandmother gave me is an allegory of the scene noted above in Back to the Future II. The Bible points the way to a prosperous life and riches beyond measurement in money.