"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." - Vincent Van Gogh

Monday, July 30, 2012

Running the Race of Life

In honor of the summer Olympics, watch this AMAZING video from the 1992 Barcelona summer games. As you watch, think about your life and draw your own powerful analogies. 

This runner Derek Redmond, trained his whole life for this moment, was in perfect physical shape and primed and ready. While he is performing at his peak,  his hamstring tears, shattering his hopes and dreams and sending him in to excruciating pain. He is determined to continue on with this race. He will not admit defeat nor lay down and die. Derek is not a quitter, he is a warrior. He continues limping along, straining for the end . The audience watches in sympathy and admiration. Suddenly, out of nowhere, a man appears out from the cloud of witnesses, toward Derek. The security guards attempt to stop him but he breaks through with as much drive and determination as we are witnessing on Derek. The man is his father, come to give him a shoulder to lean on and support for his leg.

The son accepts his father's help. He turns his head to him in agony as if to say in one small gesture and outbreak of tears "Dad, I trained for this my whole life, and now it's over, my dreams are shattered, I can't believe this happened. I'm in so much pain and I'm devastated".  His father, remaining strong  for his son, helps his son slowly and steadily toward his goal. At the very end, he lets the son cross alone for it's the son's race. It was the son that trained and the son should receive the credit for a job well done. A true show of bravery was made by Derek. Yes, he did not win a medal. He crossed in last place, but he was the hero that day.

We are not in this race alone! Obstacles will come our way. Some large.... some small. But know that the Source of your strength is there for you, running by your side, holding you up. Take strength in that today.... it's good for the soul!

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