Friday 15th December 2017
“Run in such a way as to get the prize.” (1 Corinthians 9:24, NIV)
John Wesley was ordained at 24, preached for the next 64 years, and died at 88. He preached 42,000 sermons and rode over 250,000 miles, mostly on horseback. He attributed his good health to rising at 4a.m. and preaching at 5a.m. every day for 60 years. Now that’s discipline!
Here’s what you can learn from his life.
First, you have to start! That might seem obvious, but so many of us are still stuck in the starting blocks waiting for someone or something to get us going.
Next, you’ve got to give it all you’ve got! Divers in the Olympics have more than one try before the judges, but the winners don’t save all their effort for the final dive. Instead, they concentrate on nailing every single one, thus increasing their chances for a gold medal. Don’t settle for mediocrity at any stage in your journey! And don’t quit! In the 1992 Olympics, Derrick Redmond of Britain was competing in the 400-meter race when he suffered a torn hamstring and fell. As the other runners breezed past him, he began to struggle to his feet and his father, whose face was covered with tears, ran down from the stands to help him up. Slowly, agonizingly, they made their way around the rest of the track and crossed the finish line, as the stadium in Seoul burst into thunderous applause. Derrick didn’t win a medal, but he won something more important—he won the respect of the world!
Have a great day!
Senior Pastor at Sawyers Church