Happy Monday. “Success is not based on where you start, it’s where you finish—and I finished.”
So said Bob Ireland at the conclusion of the New York City Marathon, November 6, 1986. He finished last, the 19,413th person to finish.
Bob was the first to run a marathon with his arms instead of his legs. This forty year old had lost both legs in Vietnam years before.
- To tell the world he was a born again Christian.
- To test his own endurance.
- To promote physical activity.
By the way, his time? Four days, forty-eight minutes, seventeen seconds.
Perhaps you feel weary in your “race” today, contemplating “giving up.”
The race of life can get very hard. Pain sets in, discouragement comes, aging occurs, so many obstacles appear.
Once in a while we just need to stop, get a second wind and focus again on our goal. Is it to finish strong?
I have been interested in the story of Diane Nyad who swam from Cuba to the Florida Coast recently.
Her dream began in 1978. She tried four times and failed.
In 2013, at age 64, she tried again. Everything seemed to slow or stop her. She began to chant, “Find a way, find a way.” As she tired she said to herself, “Focus on the six inches ahead.”
My need today is to refocus on that great crowd in the grandstand, cheering me and saying, “Focus on the next six inches.” I can do that!
A quote from Bro. Hyles is needed if we are feeling pain:
“It doesn’t hurt one bit more to limp forward than to limp backward.”
See you at the finish line!