Matt Emmons had already won one Gold Medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. One final shot remained for him winning another Gold Medal victory when he made the oddest and most costly of mistakes.
One of the surest shots in Olympic rifle history, Matt held a commanding lead going into the final round. All he had to do was hit the target. Somewhere. Anywhere. Just hit the target. He took his usual deep breath as he viewed the target through the sight on his rifle. Slowly, he pulled the trigger and fired a bullseye on the target in Lane 3. The problem? Lane 2 was his target. He fired a great shot, but at the wrong target.
Unfortunately, I have made the same mistake in regular life, and I know many others have as well. We celebrate our victories in battles that were either unnecessary or unimportant. We can easily fool ourselves into think we are doing great when we look at these victories. However, these hollow temporal victories keep us from the more important eternal battles.