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It’s summer and the season when many sports come into their own. There’s the tennis at Wimbledon, rugby in New Zealand, cricket at Lord’s and even the London 2017 World Championship in Athletics taking place in August, something to tickle everyone’s fancy so to say.

Our individual life journeys are often likened to one sport or another.

Your Life as a Sport
Do you envision life as some form of team sport where you bounce around with your team members everyone contributing their unique abilities till ultimately the winning goal is scored?

Many assemble on that fine June or July day to see the opposing team humbled and your side erupting into the victory song that will stay with you for many many days. What the crowd often fail to remember is the gruesome training the team members undergo, years and years of sweaty practices, coaching that seems way too harsh and some colleagues who fall by the wayside their hopes dashed.

Is athletics your thing, you go through life like an Usain Bolt sprint. Life must be fast, it must be furious; you must be at the forefront of everything. The first to get the latest gadget, play the latest game, watch the film premiers and meet the stars. For you the end justifies the means, you coming out on top is all that matters. You may have to push, shove or kick, but my jolly you will be at the centre of the photograph if only for a few fleeting moments.

Just one question, at the very end of the day, will the bad name, the bastardised reputation really be worth it?

Sport did I say, you feign a chin scratch, you’re not really into sport, pressed further you come up with marathon. Yea, why not “slow and steady” win the race or so they say. Really! The only race the slow and steady win is the snail race and even then there might be the over ambitious snail who makes a dash for the finish and beats you to the line.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that life is all about the sprint finish, I don’t and will never believe in the end justifying the means, but if you spend life looking out the window wondering what could have been you will never reach the finish line.

Challenges vs Problems
You need some oomph, some gumption, some motivation, something to spur you on when the going gets really tough, and it will do, trust me.

Sometimes I look at life like the hurdles race, I know I’m not the first; I didn’t invent this particular wheel but bear with me.

You start out at the beginning, everyone does, the whistle is blown or the gun goes off and you’re on your way. Be grateful for that start, some never saw the sun rise and others spent their formative years in and out of hospital, but the Lord was gracious to you and you joined your peers as the race of life began.

No sooner than the race started than you came in contact with the first hurdle, in life we often call them challenges. Some call them problems, a Mount Everest and immediately limit their ability to surmount the hurdle. We will refer to them as challenges and by the grace of Almighty God we will overcome every challenge, every obstacle.

Do the Circumstances of Your Birth have to Determine Your Future?
You were not born into a wealthy family you were born on the wrong continent, in the wrong month and definitely in the wrong year. You didn’t get an iPhone for your first birthday, no bicycle when you were five. Your parents didn’t send you to the latest trendy school in town, you didn’t go to university abroad and you didn’t get a BMW for your graduation present.

No, unfortunately you didn’t graduate, heck, you didn’t even finish high school, did I say parents with an ‘s’ what are those? You had a Mum who tried her best but the struggle was too much she succumbed when you were eight; you went to live with an Aunt who really didn’t care.

Life has dealt you lemons and you’ve decided to frame them, put them on display, you have a sob story for anyone who cares to listen. You’ve decided to fall at the first hurdle.

Well that’s easy for me to say, I’ve not had to live your life. That’s very true, not even twins live the exact same lives there will be some differences, we are all different with different experiences. The fact that we tend to smile, hug, backslap and wish our friends and family a happy new year on the 1st of January each year doesn’t necessarily mean we are actually happy to be welcoming in a new year.

I remember one particular birthday a few years ago that I literally balled my eyes out. 50 years but precious little to show for it. “Shattered dreams, wounded hearts and broken promises…” or words to a similar effect the song writer sings.

Inspiration for the Journey
What to do? When life deals us lemons we need to take those lemons and make lemonade, if there are enough off them we can even use them to scale the hurdle and get some respite as we continue in the race.

Yes, we will encounter disadvantages, perceived discrimination or lack of “luck”; we never seem to be in the right place at the right time, we are always pushed over or left out, seemingly.

Or maybe like a colleague of mine once said we need to “make our own luck”. Starting with hard work, being where we are supposed to be when we are supposed to be there, putting in the hours, the commitment, the dedication, the willingness to start on the lowest rack and work our way up.

As one speaker said ‘John’s’ overnight success was ten years in the making, maybe more.

Dearest friend, there will always be hurdles in life, life is the hurdles race. You overcome one challenge, breathe a little, rejoice a little, enjoy a little and then you’re faced with the next challenge and more often than not it’s a bigger challenge.

Stories abound of people who had to overcome hundreds of challenges before they got their light bulb moment, just ask Thomas Edison. The key that unlocks every door is ‘Don’t Give Up!’

Jesus said in the world we will have tribulations otherwise known as troubles, misfortunes, problems, trials, sufferings, pains… but He said we should be of good cheer for He has overcome the world.

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16 verse 33

I urge you align yourself with the all-knowing God, the Omniscient and He will enable you to not only scale every hurdle but ultimately be a winner in this race called life and remember – Quitters don’t win and Winners never Quit!!!

See you soon, LolaA 🙂

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COME ON ANDY!!!

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  🙂