Monday, March 1, 2010

An Olympic Lesson - Amazing

"Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him."

Maybe you missed it during these Olympics?  It was a Slovenian Cross-Country skier, Petra Majdic, a gold-medal favorite in the sprint-classic.  Part of the way through a warm-up run prior to her races, she slipped and fell 10' backwards into a gully, landing on a pile of rocks.  She broke two poles and a ski, but after a quick on-site exam, she was told "nothing was broken" (which actually, wasn't true).  That was all she needed to hear and going against her coaches advice, (who wanted her to get to the ER), insisted on continuing with her Olympics.  She proceeded to ski 3 preliminary races in the same day and although in immense pain, managed to qualify for the medal round, again in the same day.  Amazingly, she finished with a hard-earned bronze medal...the first-ever medal for Slovenia in cross-country skiing.  It was at that moment, after the racing was done, that doctors found she had 4 broken ribs and 1 collapsed lung.  Read the full story here.

Did you catch that?  I have never broken a rib, but I have bruised a rib, and that alone was painful enough.  1 collapsed lung?  She had "half" the "lung-power" of those she was racing against, not to mention the incredible pain.  And yet, she persevered and finished her race in strength.

Perseverance; it's one of the marks of a Christian, and it really drives us to answer the question, "what are my core beliefs?"  There are many things that many of us "claim" to believe but until that belief is challenged, we will never know what we truly believe.  Someone once said, "What you do is what you believe."  When you're in the cauldron of the test, our true character will be proved.  I want to be one who was found to have run the race, hard, and run in a way to win.

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