Blood streaming down her face, she picked up the baton and ran on.
Alicia Follmar took a heavy fall in her race, but worse was to come when another runner stepped on her with spiked running shoes. Undeterred she got up and sprinted around for the last two laps and held her third place spot with a personal record 1,200m split of 3 minutes and 26 seconds.
Five stitches were required to suture the wound.
At times you just want to give up.
Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this 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 heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us then who are mature be of the same mind; and if you think differently about anything, this too God will reveal to you. Only let us hold fast to what we have attained. Phillipians 3:12-16
So he ran on.
Paul had a stunning and, at the same time, deplorable past, but he realized that if he were preoccupied with his past, he would not be able to give his full energy to his present calling. Stephen Olford
Forgetting did not mean obliterating the memory of the past (Paul has just recalled some of these things in Php 3:5, 6, 7), but a conscious refusal to let them absorb his attention and impede his progress. He never allowed his Jewish heritage (Php 3:5, 6, 7) nor his previous Christian attainments (Php 3:9, 10, 11, 12) to obstruct his running of the race. No present attainment could lull him into thinking he already possessed all Christ desired for him. F Gaebelein.
‘Here, I don’t need these for the race, they will only hinder me, you take care of them’.
They take them off and leave them at the bloodied feet of a saviour who knows all and forgives all.
How to keep a forward focus.
- Have a truth coach diary. I have a little notebook which has quotes and verses that encourage my thinking. The first one I read everyday is this. ‘What I focus on will get me. Focus on the negatives/ challenges will always take me down. Focus on the positive/ good things will always give me hope’.
- Have an encouragement journal. This is a place where you keep reminders of good times. Cards, photos, memos, letters and really anything that in someway has warmed your heart.
- Have heroes. People like yourself who have faced similar struggles but have persisted and got up from the track and ran on. Paul did, it was Jesus, and he ran a similar race.
- Keep placing the memories back at the feet of the coach. Your brain will have some very stubborn neurological pathways that need replacing. This will require effort and persistence Check out this video about how we learn.
- Eliminate ‘But’ out of your verbal stream. Saying ‘But’ just negates any sense of hope. Try replacing it with ‘And’.
- Form new daily habits. Your success is determined by your daily habits. Athletes have many daily habits of exercise, diet, and thinking. What are your habits? Are they taking you where you want to go?
- Set highly attainable goals. For the marathon runner the finish line may well be hours away, somewhere out in the far distant. Its a long term goal. A millimetre goal might be to take the first step, celebrate and then take another and another. The millimetre step might be as small as getting out of bed and brushing your teeth. Whatever the goal is, it must be achievable and you must not celebrate it with ‘But’s.
- What keeps you going when life gets too much?
- Who are the heroes that you admire and why?
- What habits have you learned that help you or hinder you?
Here is a link to an Audio copy of a Message I gave on this topic. Enjoy.
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