Saturday, October 16, 2010

A father and his son

A young man was favoured to win the 400m race in the Barcelona Summer Olympics. However, disappointment came about 250m from the finish. His hamstring tore; he hobbled into a halt and then fell to the ground in pain....

A stretcher bearers made their way over to him, he knew he had to decide. So, despite the pain, he stood up and began to hobble along the track.


a large man pushed through the crowds, fighting back security. The man was his father.

“You don’t have to do this”, he told his weeping son.

“Yes, I do”, the son declared.

“Well, then” replied his dad.

“We are going to finish this...together!”

The father was wrapped his arms around his son and helped him hobble through the track.

Shortly, before finish line, the father let go of his son and the son completed the race...with a standing ovation from the crowd of 65,000.

Derek Redmond may not have finished first place.

But...he managed to finish his race!

Despite the pain...

despite the tears...

he determined to give his all motivated by a love so strong...of a father who picks him up when he falls.

What made the father do that? leave the stands and meet his son on the tracks?

It was the pain on his child’s face.

His son was hurt...but wanted to finish the race.

So the father came to help him finish.

God is like that. When we are hurting and fighting to finish, He comes and helps us.

How about you?

How about your race?

Are you in pain?

Are you on the verge of quitting?

God wants you to finish strong...because He loves you.

Will you open your heart to Him?

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