Life can seem like a bit of a race, where sometimes we have to endure a lot to reach the finish.
In these days as Glasgow embraces the Commonwealth Games, and Athletics it seemed more pertinent
This isn’t a Weddingy post but some personal thoughts, that sometimes I like to share.
We sometimes have to face many trials in life, and motivation to push through the difficult times can be tough.
I have spoken about my Faith previously, and it sustains me despite anything thrown at me.
One Sunday, I was in church and the story of Eric Liddle really touched me, and revitalised what was at the time a bit of a weakened spirit.
Eric Henry Liddell was a Scottish athlete, rugby union international player, and missionary.
Liddell was the winner of the men’s 400 metres at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Liddell’s Olympic training and racing, and the religious convictions that influenced him, are depicted in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire.
The Olympics were hosted by the city of Paris. A devout Christian, Liddell refused to run in a heat held on Sunday (the Christian Sabbath) and was forced to withdraw from the 100-metres race, his best event.
Liddell spent the months prior training for the 400 metres, though his best pre-Olympics time of 49.6 seconds, set in winning the 1924 AAA championship 440 yards, was modest by international standards.
When the day of the Olympic 400 metres race came, Liddell went to the starting blocks, where an American Olympic Team masseur slipped a piece of paper into his hand with a quotation from 1 Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me I will honor.”
Liddell had honoured God through the strength of his convictions and God gave him strength and spirited him through the last 200 metres to Win.
Following this he served as a Missionary in China, and came through many hardships with the same commitment to God before succumbing to a brain tumour in 1945. (source)
This commitment and conviction is something I hope I show in my own life, though I often feel like a failed Christian.
I know that I am weak, but I also know that I need to persevere and keep going and this is in all areas of my life.
The words of Hebrews 12: v1 -14 are of great encouragement.
Runners sometimes run with weights on their ankles to facilitate endurance so when these shackles are off they can run like the wind.
The weights we run with in life can be bitterness, disappointment, and hurts but we can’t entertain these, but we have to leave this behind and not let it define who we really are.
We have to ditch the baggage of situations, and treat them as lessons to find the right path to run.
A few simple words taken from the Book of Isaiah 40:31 form the inscription on Eric Liddles gravestone: “They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary.”
This can be a message to our own lives that we should not lose heart, life can be the worst of races at times but the Finish line is in sight.
For my own life and my Blog, it greatly encourages me.
Situations arise and the race we run can seem like it will never reach any conclusion, that we will never see a Finish line but by faith and by determination I have been given the push to go forward.
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