That was the shout that could be heard around most of the UK yesterday afternoon as Andy Murray battled it out with Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final on the Centre Court in scorching temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius.
Watching it in those type of temperatures was a fete in its self so I can only imagine what prancing around on the grass and hitting a tennis ball at upwards of 100 miles an hour must have felt like.
Both Novak and Murray had a lot at stake, as the current no.1 in the world Novak wanted to show once again just how deserving he was of that title and Andy…well Andy was determined to make history. A story for himself and his country men, whether he was regarded as Scottish or British he definitely wanted to be regarded as a champion.
They had put in the hard work, the practice, listening to their respective coaches taking on-board their advice, exercising and being mentally prepared. They had crossed their rivers, jumped their hurdles, overcome the quarter and semi-finals and now it was crunch time. This year’s Wimbledon had seen a lot of up-sets and neither of them wanted to be added to the casualty list.
And so they battled it out, visor caps came on and visor caps went off and with time the surroundings became a blur. The stifling heat was momentarily forgotten, the dripping sweat was a non-issue and even the roaring crowd became background noise as they focused on one thing and one thing alone winning the match!
Neither of them had been born with a silver spoon, as a youngster Novak had experienced first hand the terror of warfare and Andy had worked hard for every accolade he had ever received. This was the battle of Wimbledon 2013 and may the best man win.
As far as yesterday was concerned Andy Murray was declared the best man. On the seventh day of the seventh month of 2013 he ended Britain’s 77-year wait for a men’s champion at Wimbledon.
Was it easy? No
Was it simple? No
Was it a walk in the park? Definitely not
Was it strenuous? Yes
Was it tiring? Yes
Was it exhausting? Yes
Was it hard work? Tell me about it.
Was it worth it? Yes, yes and yes!
There’s an adage that says, “sweet soup costs a lot of money” and I’ll say, ‘a sweet win at Wimbledon costs a lot of ‘body’s”. Andy has a whole team, a whole workforce backing him. We may see one man on the court but so many people had spoken victory into his life, they told him time and time again yes you can and yes you will. They mentally willed him on as they silently prayed for him. Then there was the crowd, most of whom were also willing him to win, and last but definitely not least was the TV audience urging on the young man from Dunblane in Scotland.
So, Andy Murray has written his story, yes we were there, sort of, at least we witnessed it live, he has gotten on with his life, he has achieved so many of the things he set out to achieve. There will be more challenges ahead but he has gotten some stars on his belt that can never be removed.
Now it’s your turn and it’s my turn. It won’t be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is, it won’t be a walk in the park and except the pregnant lady is having a caesarean operation she won’t wake up and find her baby beside her, she will need to push and push damn hard. But the baby, the prize, the achievement, the victory is always worth it! Lifting the winning trophy more than compensates for all the effort.
So let’s be ready to discipline our bodies like Paul says in 1st Corinthians 9:27 and let’s be ready to fight the good fight, there is a crown for each one of us we just have to be ready to reach out, to stretch and exert ourselves in order to obtain it. We may or may not have a whole workforce willing us to succeed but there are definitely people on this earth routing for us, possibly depending on us to excel and come forth victoriously.
I can assure you there is a heavenly host shouting from the sidelines, surrounding you in the Centre Court of your life, urging you on and willing you to victory, you cannot afford to let them down, neither can I.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
Catch you on the victory mount very soon, LolaA 🙂