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Finish the Race
Steve Teel

One of the greatest efforts of the Olympics was officially recorded as "race abandoned." Ironically, the runner's determination to finish his race, won the hearts of millions of fans. It is unique for a last place finisher to receive such honor and acclaim. More unique, he did not finish the race alone.

Britain's Derek Redmond was supposed to contend for a medal in the 1992 Olympics 400 meters. But in his semifinal heat, Redmond ripped a hamstring muscle just 150 meters into his race. Amazingly the runner got up to continue his race. Later he admitted that in his competitive state-of-mind he believed that he could catch the field ahead of him and still qualify for the finals. 250 meters still to go and in extreme pain, Redmond limped toward the finish line.

With 100 meters left a man came to Redmond's side. It was his father. The son did not recognize his father at first. He pushed him away. The persistent father put his arm around his child's shoulder once more. The son wept.

Derek recalled the moment, "I told him I had to finish; I was going to finish the race."

His father responded, "Well, we've started everything together. We'll finish this together."

What a picture of a father's love for his child. It illustrates God's love for His children. God sees you broken and in pain. God does not watch from a distance. He comes to you where you are. You may not initially recognize that it is your loving Heavenly Father and you push Him away. His persistent love only allows for one response. God puts His arms around you again. He holds you up. God tells you, "We'll finish this together." Dependent upon His shoulders and support, you continue your race.

You began alone. But it's how you finish that matters most. You will finish the race with God at your side. And God will give to you an award better than the gold medal.

"You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, you have kept the faith. Now there is in store for you, the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to you on that day--and not only to you, but also to all who have longed for his appearing." 2 Timothy 4:6-8

Christ my Coach,

Steve Teel

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