28th January 2020

Go for Gold!

“And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”
Hebrews 12:2 (NLT)

The 2020 Winter Youth Olympics were held last week in Lausanne, Switzerland. I’m sure that we all have an inspiring story that we have treasured over the years; an account of someone’s life or perhaps some aspect of their life that excites, encourages and leaves us wide-eyed and amazed. Today I’d like to share mine with you in the hope that it will also inspire you.

Wilma Rudolph was born prematurely, the 20th of 22 children in Clarksville Tennessee, USA. As a child she had double pneumonia and scarlet fever and as if this wasn’t enough, after a bout of polio she was left with a crooked leg and foot. From then on, Wilma wore a leg brace and spent six years attending a hospital in Nashville for treatment.

This could have left any young girl drowning in an ocean of self-pity, but she refused to go there! Her mother often told her, “Honey, the most important thing in life is to believe that you can do something—just keep on trying!” And try she did, with deep determination, sheer will power and an indomitable spirit she taught herself to walk without the brace. Aged 12 she approached a running track coach with the request; “If you will give me ten minutes of your time every day—and only ten minutes—I will give you a world class athlete.” Over the next few years she beat every girl in the state of Tennessee, and several years later she qualified and ran in the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne Australia, where she won bronze in the 400-meter relay.

Four years later she trained relentlessly day after day and was now ready for the Rome Olympics. As she walked on to the track in Rome, this sleek, trim, young black lady, only 20 years old was ready for anything; she was going for gold! And she won gold three times, and all in record times! This little crippled girl from Clarksville Tennessee was now indeed a world class athlete.

God desires us to win, to gain the victory, and because of this he comes into our lives and brings all the power we need, all the confidence and all the hope to claim that prize. Jesus is the Ultimate Victor—he smiles and applauds our decision as we draw upon his sufficiency each day. He urges us to run and finish the race that He has set before us! And you know why? Because, the victory is already ours and the prize is waiting to be collected! It’s a special gift from our Father. Thanks Dad!

Thanks, Father, for the courage and strength to run this race and that victory is already ours in Jesus Christ your Son.

Study by Cliff Neill

About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: luton@gracecom.church

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