In his best-selling book, The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson relates the story of a Roman gladiator who is in the arena and in big trouble. He has dropped his sword and the enraged lion senses its opportunity and is about to strike. The crowd in the Colosseum are on their feet watching in horror as the gladiator turns and tries to flee to safety. Then caption then reads; “Sometimes you can afford to come in second. Sometimes you can’t!”