The Trouble with Lance


Like many of you I have been reading and listening to not only Lance Armstrong’s public confession (of sorts) but also what seemingly everyone else has to say about Lance and the whole blasted situation, which, admittedly, he has brought on himself.  On the one hand I feel for Lance; I wish he didn’t feel so compelled to share publicly what is really none of our business.  On the other hand, I realize, like so many other celebrities before Lance, that he/they gave up a portion of their privacy when they accepted large endorsements, accepted special treatment, promoted themselves as other than they really are, etc., etc.

What I would like to introduce into the conversation are these thoughts:

Lance has correctly identified himself as being a flawed individual.  We all are flawed as well; therefore, we can all relate.  We’ve all found ourselves caught up in awkward, embarrassing, shameful (or ‘supply your own adjective here’) situations where we either said something or did something we wish we never had, hoping, now, in the light of day, that no-one will ever find out, or everyone will soon forget!

Although until now Lance has done a pretty lame job of actually apologizing for any of his behavior, it is important that he has begun somewhere.  In this public confession, Lance at least begins to take responsibility for what he has done.  He obviously has had far more practice at spinning his own lies and deceit than he has had at coming clean.  A more contrite posture would have helped, but he’s afraid – and fear will make us all do stupid things.  Again, haven’t we all been there?

I have witnessed in my own life that situations such as telling the whole messy truth about something is actually more of a process than an actual event or incident.  It takes time to live into this kind of truth-telling-process ….  to learn how to undo bad habits and behaviors. Lance is just beginning to live into this new life of truth-telling, and I for one will pray he is successful at it, and that he can heal the ton of stuff which is broken (which he has admittedly broken himself).

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So, the trouble with Lance is that, to some degree, we are all Lance.  None of us have stones to throw. Sure, we may not have recently had multi-million dollar endorsements cancelled, had to return our Olympic bling or endure a public flogging, but all of us are flawed.  All of us are in need of forgiveness, all of us are in process, and all of us have no right to judge another. We have plenty of work to do ourselves, thank you very much!

Praying for Lance and for all who hide in the fear of lies, deceit, shame and disgrace.  The truth will set us free.  Even Lance.  Go Lance!

Peace friends,



1 Comment

  • Bill Z says:

    Chuck, what you say is correct. Some people feel very betrayed, like they own Armstrong, and “How could he do this to us?” But the biggest betrayal was to his son. In the short clip out of the interview that I saw, he spoke of his son defending him through the years without ever asking his father if he had taken drugs. Ultimately, before the Oprah interview, Armstrong had to come clean with his son about this betrayal. We, the public, will move on…some will forgive, others not. But the only healing that is important is that of his son’s toward his father. No small task, but I hope it can happen.

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