Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Finishing the race set before you..

Starting something is one thing, finishing is a whole other ball game. As the school year begins to draw to a close, lots is happening! Finals are approaching, sports are wrapping up, weddings are happening, showers, birthday parties and all the parties celebrating the season or the school year ending, and for many huge life accomplishments it's taken tons of work to get where you are.  It's all so exciting but also exhausting. There is lots of pressure to keep moving forward and to finish the race set before you. It can be overwhelming at times, you want to quit because you haven't slowed down or taken a second for yourself. I know for many the pressure to finish is so massive most want to quit. Seniors graduating from college feel the pressure to find jobs, moms are trying to juggle all the balls with one hand and if they drop one everything will come crashing down, athletes in high school are trying to be picked up by different colleges and apply for scholarships or get in to the college of their dreams, college students are wrapping up yet another year and are feeling the pressure to finish strong. We are all exhausted and our tempers are short and we feel as though we cant take another step..

I'm here to encourage you that you can! YOU WILL! You're so close, you are steps away. Don't question how you'll make it to the next day, because I promise you will. God will give you the strength, because he always does. This quote of the day and the story behind it inspired me to write this post...

"My country did not send me 5, 000 miles to start the race, they sent me 5, 000 miles to finish it."

The story behind that phrase is thi,
Olympic runner John Stephen Akhwari was competing in the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. He had not trained at such high altitudes prior to competing in the marathon event. At almost the halfway mark, during a point when runners were trying to pass each other, he was hit, dislocating his knee and smacking his shoulder against the pavement. He made the decision to continue despite the huge obstacle. He finished last among 57 of the 75 competitors that had started. The winner from Ethiopia finished at 2:20:26 and John finished at 3:25:27. Only a few thousand people were left in the stands after the sun had set. When word had spread to the television crew that there was one runner left about to cross, a small crowd cheered and the camera crew approached him asking him why he finished. His response was, "My country did not send me 5, 000 miles to start the race, they sent me 5, 000 miles to finish it."

That story has completely inspired me. You may think my comparison is silly but the reality is, finishing is hard, no matter what it is and inspiring stories of how others finish encourages us to do the same. As we set sail into the busiest months of the year remember that you started the race set before you, and you WILL finish!

Story Contributor:
"John Stephen Akhwari - Marathon Men - Athletics." John Stephen Akhwari - Marathon Men - Athletics. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2016.

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