"I am the greatest!" Words uttered about one who is on top of their game with confidence and swagger. Words spoken by Muhammad Ali and bestowed upon Pat Summit after their passing. Boxers feared fighting Ali and many lady basketball players feared playing teams coached by Summit.

So which spoke: "It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe,'; or "But winning is not the point...Not giving up is the point."?

These two quotes define how each of these two sporting greats went about their lives. How they approached greatness. It also is a lesson that I have learned approaching my struggles with Parkinson's disease. 

Some days it is a struggle to get out of bed and get the body moving. But you must. No matter how stiff you are and how much pain comes from those muscles, you know you must move forward to conquer the mountaintop and win. There is a pebble in my shoe. It is called Parkinson's. 

Just moving forward, though, is the goal. Taking each moment and giving it your all, not allowing anything to stop you from succeeding. "Winning is fun...Sure. But winning is not the point. Wanting to win is the point. Not giving up is the point. Never letting up is the point."

Each day we strive to lift one foot in front of the other, no matter how difficult. We treasure our achievements, learn lessons about desire and are motivated to achieve.These are lessons we learn from sports figures, but each had a more important lesson to share. A lesson about faith. Faith in God. 

"We all have the same God, we just serve him differently. Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways, forms and times. It doesn't matter whether you're a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew."

"God doesn’t take things away to be cruel. He takes things away to make room for other things. He takes things away to lighten us. He takes things away so we can fly."

It doesn't matter if we are Muslim, Christian, or a Jew; male or female; a fan of sport or not, Muhammad Ali and Pat Summit each told us how they lived in their journey of life, but life isn't a destination.

Heaven is.

There we will meet the Greatest.

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness
of the power will be of God and not from ourselves;
-2 Corinthians 4:7