Although the Olympic Games in Toyoko felt different this year with the COVID restrictions, lack of fans, and the tape delays, it still offered some exciting photo finishes, world records broken, and real-life lessons.
Sifian Hassan, a Netherlands female long-distance runner, displayed incredible determination and perseverance in the 1500 meter heat.
With one lap to go, a runner ahead of her tripped, creating a domino effect. Hassan tried and failed to jump over the fallen runner and then fell down herself. Continue reading
“There is nothing so fatal to character as half-finished tasks,” wrote David Lloyd Geroge.
Life is full of challenges, tasks, and burdens that can wear us out, wear us down and fill our hearts with weariness.
Possibly, you’ve heard about this man who exemplified persistence and perseverance to an incredible degree. His life story is condensed in these events with his age when they occurred on the right. Continue reading
What a wild, wacky, wonderful weekend of college basketball. The NCAA Men’s Tournament has provided incredible comebacks, thrilling upsets and historic wins in the past four days.
After a 134 losses by a #16 seed to a #1 seed, UMBC stunned and actually stomped by the overall #1 seed Virginia, who was the favorite by many experts to win the championship. Continue reading
Last night’s College Football Championship game was one for the ages. It was a battle of wills. Mental toughness. Physical stamina. Emotional fortitude. And a never say die attitude.
In an upset, the Clemson Tigers scored the winning touchdown with one second left in the game to beat the favored Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31. Continue reading
Charlotte was from a devout family who taught her faith, piety and commitment to Christ. In her early years she became famous as a humorous poet. However, at age 32 her life changed drastically.
Charlotte suffered a serious illness that left her disabled for the rest of her life. For many years following she suffered feelings of uselessness, loneliness and frustration. During one of the darkness times of her life a minister came to visit. In her depression Charlotte began to vent her feelings of bitterness, anger and resentment. Continue reading
My late friend and college room-mate David Lewis used to tell a story about the military conqueror Napoleon as his armies crossed the Alps. When they came into battle with the enemy many of his men got wounded and died. The great leader’s heart went out to them, so he turned to his bugler boy and said, “Son, sound the retreat.”
The boy did nothing.
Again Napoleon said, “Son, blow the retreat or our men will die.” Continue reading
When you think you’ve experienced more challenges than you can handle and your failures are crying for you to quit, consider this man.
In ‘16 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
In ‘18 His mother died.
In ‘31 Failed in business. Continue reading
It’s an exciting time to live in Kansas City. The Royals, affectionately known by the locals as “the boys in blue” beat the New York Mets Sunday night in 5 games to capture the World Series crown.
It’s not just that they won. But it’s how they did it. Eight times they came from behind, seven of those by more than two runs to win. The final game was epic. Trailing 2-0 going to the ninth inning, they tied the game with clutch hits, daring base-running, and being opportunistic with opponents errors. The game and the series was won in the 12th with a five-run explosion. Continue reading
“Let Go of Whatever Makes You Stop” is the title of a little book by John Mason.
I read it years ago, but I recently came across it again. It’s a neat little book filled with 52 golden nuggets of two pages each. Mason’s goal is to help us rise above mediocrity. Get more out of life. And discover a new momentum for living.
Many of the chapter titles encapsulate simple spiritual truths that are obvious. But often we fail to apply. Here are a few: Continue reading
I already have something to look forward to for Christmas! The movie,“Unbroken,” produced and directed by Angelina Jolie is scheduled to be released December 25th.
“Unbroken” is based on Laura Hillenbrand’s book, which I read last year, by the same title. It’s the incredible true story of Louie Zamperini, an Olympic athlete and World War II hero. Continue reading