This is Jim Thorpe…
Look closely at the photo, you can see that he’s wearing different socks and shoes.
This wasn’t a fashion statement. It was the 1912 Olympics, and Jim, an American Indian from Oklahoma represented the U.S. in track and field.
On the morning of his competitions, his shoes were stolen.
Luckily, Jim ended up finding two shoes in a garbage can.
That’s the pair that he’s wearing in the photo. But one of the shoes was too big, so he had to wear an extra sock.
Wearing these shoes, Jim won two gold medals that day.
This is a perfect reminder that you don’t have to resign to the excuses that have held you back.
So what if life hasn’t been fair?
What are you going to do about it today?
Whatever you woke up with this morning; stolen shoes, ill health, failed relationships, don’t let it stop you from running your race.
You can experience more in life if you’ll get over the excuses and get on with living.
You can have reasons or you can have results, but you can’t have both!
Note: Jim Thorpe was restored as sole winner of 1912 Olympic Gold Medals in 2022.
After nearly 110 years after being stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time.
On July 15, 2022, the International Olympic Committee announced the change on the 110th anniversary of Thorpe winning the decathlon and later being proclaimed by King Gustav V of Sweden as “the greatest athlete in the world.”
The Bible tells us also to run the race that has been set before us (Heb 12:1)….
In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (MSG), Paul tells us:
“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race.
Everyone runs; one wins.
Run to win.
All good athletes train hard. They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades.
You’re after one that’s gold eternally.
I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line.
I’m giving it everything I’ve got. No lazy living for me!
I’m staying alert and in top condition. I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.”
So likewise let each one of us discipline ourselves in order that we may also run the race that has been set before us.
And since Jesus has already won this race, Paul instructs us to keep running and never quit!
Come join the Adventure!