Last Thursday we are given a great chance to attend Alex Castillo’s class about Leadership Styles, it was very enlightening to say the least and I know if I can apply it at my life at once it will surely make a difference.
But this blog is not actually about the seminar, its about the video shown at the end of the seminar. Truth be told I’ve seen that video a lot of times, its about Derek Redmond running a great race when all of a sudden his hamstring got torn and he was in so much pain and his dad came to his rescue and he was able to finish the race. I cried again watching the video, try watching it and see if it will not elicit any emotions from you.
I cried watching the video because I remembered the time I was running a good race and I made a mistake that lead to other mistakes until I can no longer run in the same lane I was running before, do you get what I mean? It’s either you missed a great opportunity, you lose a position, you lose the trust of the people you love the most or the worst part that says after all your hard work you need to start over again-from scratch. That’s the worst feeling ever and it doesn’t matter wether it was brought about by a super simple foolish decision or a major blunder-the fact remains that now your present act has totally overwritten almost everything you have done in the past. And isn’t that the very truth about sin, how with one single blow it tries to destroy all our relationships, steals all our inheritance and beliefs and, kills our very heart and soul and convinces us that our great future has totally been rewritten for us.
Thank God the video did not end at Derrick Redmond, lying flat on the track race, crying out in so much pain and him being rushed by medics at the ER. Rather it ended with a loving father, fighting off the guard, telling his son its ok not to finish the race, nevertheless carrying his very weight all thru the finish line and he even got a standing ovation from everyone who’s watching.
I fell off once running a great track race that I was sure God wanted me to finish. Some people thought that I was not fit to run that track and suggested another race. I whined, I complained, I acted out and I fought hard for it but instead I got pushed off and I slip and stumbled and fell.
I should have been left writhing in pain in the gutter for the way I responded –who am I anyway to persist in what I want and to get it in whatever means possible-I’m not the Boss and Im not in charge-and same with you no matter how right you think you are and how injustice has happened to you.
God came to my rescue and He sent some of His great people to pull me out. In retrospect, that’s the main reason I was crying at the video. I was not flooded with memories of my downfall, I was flooded with memories of God’s grace and the loving people He surrounded me with.
People that I knew of have every right to scold me and point out all my mistakes
but some people choose to just be there and just cry with me (literally at times)
My leaders could have simply said: “That’s it Babes, you blew your chance!”
but the ones I’m really thankful the most are the ones who committed themselves into restoring me and giving me a second chance.
A lot of people made presumptions about who I was and what I was made of,
some people heard my side, saw the bigger picture and responded like a true loving Christian.
There are those who choose to stay silent and just watched me get over it
but Im really grateful for the ones who was willing to see my mess and help me clean it.
Getting off track is never an easy road, but the ones who made it out definitely did not do it on their own-they got help and they are willing to be helped.
So if you’re out there and you find yourself not in good shape to run your track again-shout for help!
And if you are out there running a good race and saw somebody fall, slow down and help
Writing this has challenged me to be more compassionate and loving towards people remembering where I’ve been and knowing what I would have become if nobody reached out.
So here’s hoping that if you are out there reading this and
You have fallen:
there is hope for today, a restoration process to go thru and a secured future Jesus has planned for you. DON’T GIVE UP!
You saw somebody fall:
rise up to the occasion, don’t be afraid to get into the mess. FIGHT FOR SOMEBODY!
Remembering the truth God has shared with us..
9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12(NIV)