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Bill Broadhurst entered a 10K race in Omaha, Nebraska. When he was younger, he suffered and aneurysm in the right side of his brain. It resulted in a partial paralysis on the left side of his body. Nonetheless, he was determined not only to enter but to finish the race because his hero, Bill Rogers (a world-class marathoner), would be in that race. Rogers won the race, finishing in twenty-nine minutes. It took Broadhurst two and a half hours. He was teased by children, became numb, experienced great pain, had to avoid cars (they opened the race course up to traffic when they thought everyone had finished), and fought the desire to quit most of the way.Additional Resources
As the sun began to sink in the western Nebreska sky, Broadhurst could barely see the finish line. Approaching the end of the race, consuming the last fumes in the tank, Broadhurst saw Rogers suddenly step out of a darkened alley and welcome him, the partially paralyzed runner, as he stumbled across the the line.
Rogers embraced him. Then he took the gold medal from around his neck and placed it over Broadhurst's head, saying "Broadhurst, you're the winner. Take the gold."
Broadhurst finished the race. It was difficult and full of obstacles, but he made it to the end and received the gold medal from Rogers.
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 and 2 Timothy 4:7, Paul compares the Christian experience to a race. (The same comparison is also found in Hebrews 12:1-2.) The Christian journey is akin to a race - a marathon, not a short sprint. The key is not how you start the race, but how you finish it. Finishing well is what this book is all about.
Leadership Fridays: Leading yourself (thoughts from "Leaders Who Last" author Dave Kraft)