the discus thrower

I recently heard a story on the radio that lodged in my mind.  I so wanted to know it in its entirety and after much searching finally located it on the internet.  This story is for all of us who at times get to feeling like the burden we carry is just too heavy and not fair – as well as for those of us who eagerly embrace a challenge.  After you read this story you may realize that you are in training for something you’re completely unaware of at the time.  The heavy burden you carry may in fact be the wings that carry you to victory.

The following was taken from these links Preaching Now and Amazon.com.

[In their book The Sacred Romance (Thomas Nelson), John Eldredge and Brent Curtis write: “A 19th-century Scottish discus thrower lived in the days before professional trainers and developed his skills alone in the highlands of his native village, making his own discus from the description he read in a book. What he didn’t know was the discus used in competition was made of wood with an outer rim of iron. His was solid metal and weighed three or four times as much as those being used by his would-be challengers. This committed Scotsman marked out his field the distance of the current record throw and trained day and night to be able to match it. “For nearly a year, he labored under the self-imposed burden of the extra weight, becoming very good. He reached the point at which he could throw his iron discus the record distance and traveled south to
England for his first competition. When he arrived at the games, he was handed the official wooden discus — which he promptly threw like a tea saucer, setting a new record, a distance so far beyond those of his competition that no one could touch him. For many years he remained the uncontested champion. Something in my heart connected with this story. So that’s how you do it: Train under a great burden and you will be so far beyond the rest of the world you will be untouchable.”]
 

Remember that when you make sacrifices for a higher goal you not only reap the benefits but you spread seeds of hope, inspiration, and encouragement for others.

“For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.” -Romans 8:19

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it’s all about Him

“Jesus, Lover of my soul. All consuming fire is in Your gaze.
Jesus, I want You to know. I will follow You all my days.
For no one else in history is like You and history itself belongs to You.
Alpha and Omega, You have loved me and I will share eternity with You.

It’s all about You, Jesus. And all this is for You, for Your glory and Your fame.
It’s not about me, as if You should do things my way.
You alone are God and I surrender to Your ways.”
~Paul Oakley

I have found the words to this song to often be the prayer of my heart.  Most of the time it is when I am reminded of my own frailties or the inability to control life…especially when compared to the incredible greatness of the One who created all that there is.  I’m reminded of what life is all about…bringing glory to God. Not ME!

It’s so easy for me to get caught up in wanting to bring pleasure to me…do the things that please me and bring me satisfaction.  There is a release that comes when I’m reminded of why I am here…not to keep up with the Joneses, not to try to be the smartest, the most beautiful, the most talented, the most intelligent…you get the idea.  I’m here to bring glory to God.

Max Lucado furthers this thought in picturesque language and analogies in his book, “It’s Not About Me.”  Just as the earth used to be thought of as the center of our solar system, so we feel that our world revolves around us and that is what life is all about.

“Blame it on Copernicus”, Lucado says.  He’s the one who came proposing the theory that the sun in fact was the center of the solar system.  His ideas were not readily accepted by all and in fact he only published his works on the subject on his deathbed…perhaps to avoid further problems.  It suffices to say…we humans don’t adjust well to change…especially if it means bumping US off center!

Lucado explains that “What Copernicus did for the earth, God does for our souls.  Tapping the collective shoulder of humanity, he points to the Son—his Son—and says, “Behold the center of it all.”

 Let me live my life as such!