Your Road Map for Success
BE MORE THAN JUST A RACER TODAY. BE A FINISHER.
BE A FINISHER. And Finish The RACE…. No Matter The Outcome
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On an October evening in 1968, a group of die-hard spectators remained in Mexico City’s Olympic Stadium to see the last finishers of the Olympic marathon. More than an hour before, Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia had won the race to the exuberant cheers of onlookers. But as the crowd watched and waited for the last participants, it was getting cool and dark.
It looked as if the last runners were finished, so the remaining spectators were breaking up and leaving when they heard the sounds of sirens and police whistles coming from the marathon gate into the stadium. And as everyone watched, one last runner made his way onto the track for the last lap of the twenty-six-mile race. It was John Stephen Akhwari from Tanzania. As he ran the 400-meter circuit, people could see that his leg was bandaged and bleeding. He had fallen and injured it during the race, but he hadn’t let it stop him. The people in the stadium rose and applauded until he reached the finish line.
As he hobbled away, he was asked why he had not quit, injured as he was and having no chance of winning a medal. “My country did not send me to Mexico City to start the race,” he answered. “They sent me to finish the race.” Akhwari looked beyond the pain of the moment and kept his eye on the big picture of why he was there. As you make the success journey, keep in mind that your goal is to finish the race—to do the best you’re capable of doing.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.
My mother was a great inspiration to me to always do my best. My father has always been my mentor and friend. They taught me the basic principle that guides most all that I do: faith, focus, finish.
Daily Storytelling Time
Make Your Bed
Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
“We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
-Charles F. Kettering
For it is in giving that we receive.
-Francis of Assisi
A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have.
And in closing
One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards.