Video credit: necessity4failure.com
Wow. What an inspirational story!
To watch this man, who was favored to win, collapse was heartbreaking. To see him choose to stand up and finish the race is inspiring. He chose to persevere through the pain and finish the race set before him. Yet he didn't do it alone. To see the man run beside him to support him along the way was so touching. Then to learn it was his father made the tears start rolling down my cheeks.
I am sure you see where I am going with this...
We are all this man. We have our "race" in life set before us; to grow into the person we were made to be and be a vessel for love in this world. As you have probably been experiencing the past few weeks (unless it's just me), it is challenging to stay the course. Our minds play games on us, unexpected curveballs are thrown at us, and the option to give up is always available.
We can give up or we can choose to get up and keep moving in the direction of our intention.
Choose to get up and keep moving.
And know you when you do, you don't have to do it alone. God is always there beside you. Just like the father in the video, God wants to walk beside you, be there for you to lean on, listen to you and comfort you.
The runner had the choice to have his father stay or to push him away. He had him stay.
We can choose to walk alone, or to invite God to walk beside us. It is a choice.
I offer for you to...
Pause. Breathe. Pray.
Only you can decide what choice you make. I know for me, inviting God beside me on my journey, instead of continuing to walk alone, has transformed my life.
A video of a man running, falling and not getting up would not impact the lives of others. This video is inspiring because he chose to get back up, he chose to persevere, he chose to lean on his father, he chose to finish the race. This runner's story has gone beyond himself. It now moves the hearts of others; it moved mine this morning. He made me want to move past the obstacles that come my way, run my race and use my story to go beyond myself and encourage and inspire others. I am not unique.
You too have a race to run and can use your story to infuse hope into someone else's heart.
The choice is yours.