"But never did the thought occur to me, 'Well, I better sit, or quit, or take a ride, or bail.' That never even occurred to me, actually."
Good morning, friends. I hope you had a wonderful week and were safe in the big storm that crossed much of the country. Many people were harmed and much property damaged so I’m praying and I ask you to join me. Now, let’s get to the business at hand.
Running a marathon is tough, even in the best conditions. Most Americans can’t jog one mile, much less 26. Imagine completing the final 16 miles of a marathon after being shot in the head while jogging. Sound incredible? Sure, but it’s true. Rainear was running the Grand Valley Marathon in 1978, his fourth, when he was hit hard in the head with something that staggered him. He felt for the spot and found only a goose egg knot so he kept running. Dizziness increased, as did a headache and blurry vision, but still he ran. He had a goal to finish in 3 hours so he ran. Sometimes he wobbled, sometimes he walked, but still he kept going.
When he finished the race, in 3 hours and 9 minutes he was disappointed; the time did not qualify him for the Boston Marathon. He checked in with the race doctor; the diagnosis was inconclusive so he sent him to a hospital. There it was confirmed he’d been shot in the head with a .22 caliber bullet, certainly by accident in the rural area. As remarkable as being shot in a marathon is, finishing the race in great time is incredible. It truly brings perspective to our commitment to our own goals, doesn’t it?
* How many times have you surrendered a goal right when the challenge appeared?
* What is your response when the pain of progress becomes intense?
* How many miles of work will you put in when every step is a struggle?
You may call Mr. Rainear foolish but let’s remember that no blood appeared. The bullet didn’t pierce his skull but lodged and flattened in the thickest part of the skull. He thought he’d been hit in the head with a heavy object, such as a rock or a piece of brick. His story is powerful because he ran to the finish and he never thought about quitting. What is your commitment to your own goals? What keeps you from your own finish lines? Why not finish it regardless of whatever happens to you? For sure you won’t get shot in the head! Be thankful, and have a great week.