Hang In there

As I write this, I’m almost a month into a diet. To say the least, I’m a little behind on my New Year’s Resolution. I’ll let you in on a little secret: at this point, the jury is still out on whether or not I’m going to succeed. Some days are relatively easy; while others, the clock seems to slow to a halt as I think about what I’m going to eat next. I’m hungry and it’s not looking good.

Consequently, I have been finding and reading articles and blogs about people who have overcome setbacks and circumstances to achieve incredible things. Mind you, I completely realize that the things so many people have overcome and fought through are immeasurably bigger things than just being a little hungry. I am just looking for inspiration and a kick in the pants to quit feeling sorry for myself and move on.  

  I remembered a story from The Olympics back in 2002. I had to look up his name, but I remembered the event taking place. A speed skater from Australia named Steve Bradbury found himself in the finals of the 1000 meters. He was just happy to be there. No one from Australia, or even the entire Southern Hemisphere, had ever won gold in the Winter Olympics. The race unfolded just as everyone thought it would. Steve was in sixth out of six for the entire race. But on the final turn, something incredible happened. I wish I could tell you that he found a last burst of speed and flew past his opponents for the win. It didn’t happen that way. What did happen was that a            skater lost his footing and fell to the ice. As he slid, he took out all the other skaters except for Steve who was too far behind to get tangled in the fray. Steve stayed on his feet around the last corner and took the gold!

I know many of you are facing terribly difficult circumstances. I just want to encourage you to hang in there. God is for you. As Tony Evans said, “Don’t let the facts you see get in the way of the Promise You know!”

I love you, but not as much as Jesus does.