The Crown Of Life

Welcome to Monday. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” (James 1:12)

As you begin your week let me remind you that life is not a 100 yard dash,  but a marathon. It is a test of endurance.

While competing in the marathon in Mexico City, Akhwari cramped up due to the high altitude of the city. He had not trained at such an altitude back in his country. At the 19 kilometer point during the 42 km race, there was jockeying for position between some runners and he was hit. He fell badly wounding his knee and dislocated that joint plus his shoulder hit hard against the pavement. He however continued running, finishing last among the 57 competitors who completed the race (75 had started). The winner of the marathon, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia, finished in 2:20:26. Akhwari finished in 3:25:27, when there were only a few thousand people left in the stadium, and the sun had set. A television crew was sent out from the medal ceremony when word was received that there was one more runner about to finish.
As he finally crossed the finish line a cheer came from the small crowd. When interviewed later and asked why he continued running, he said,

“My country did not send me 5,000 miles to start the race; they sent me 5,000 miles to finish the race.”

We are not saved to start the race either. You will be tempted to give up sometimes because the race becomes hard to run. Keep the prize in view at all times. Focus on the finish line. Keep going. There truly is an out of this world reward at the end.[1]

Then you too can be like Paul who said

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7

Today could be the day. Keep looking homeward.

Love ya all. Have an awesome Jesus filled week

 

[1] wikipedia/ Stan Isaacs (November 5, 1991). “Bud’s Olympiads Are Worth Their Weight in Gold”. Newsday. p. 109.

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