Never Give Up was Penned & Compiled for 21st Century Christianity by Peter O'Neill
Why Did 65,000 People Stand & Cheer. Why… now after 20 years do Millions still remember what he did! It was because in that aching, painful moment he embodied the struggle and fight that we all go through in life. IT IS A BATTLE AND EVERYBODY KNOWS IT… and in that one moment folks could put themselves in his shoes. The years of struggle and sacrifice, hardship, heartache and pain all brought to the fore as he fell to the ground, but... AND THIS IS A VERY BIG ...
he got back up and finished his race. Despite the fact that he knew he would never hold that gold medal, he still got up and fought through to the end. He refused to wallow in the ineviatable defeat, but in his heart and mind and spirit he could see, and we along with him, that there is a GREATER RACE and BIGGER and MORE IMPORTANT GOAL UP AHEAD...
God Didn't Say ...
"Well Done Thou Good and 'Successful' Servant"
"Well Done Thou Good and 'Faithful' Servant"
Finishing Our Race in Faith
Is More Important than Winning
Derek Redmond was prepared for the 400m semifinal race at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. He felt he was in the best shape of his life. Despite 8 operations on his Achilles tendons over the past 4 years, he felt very confident. His father Jim, sitting in the stands, also had high hopes. Jim and his son were very close and he made it to all of the championship races. Derek gets off to a good start. Coming around the first bend in the track, tragedy struck as Derek’s hamstring went.
Initially he thought he had been shot because the pain was so great. His leg would not function. London’s The Guardian newspaper quoted him, “Everything I had worked for was finished. I hated everybody. I hated the world. I hated hamstrings. I hated it all. I felt so bitter that I was injured again... but then I woke up and realized that despite the pain... despite the heartbreak... I had to finish... I couldn't quit. I kept hopping round. Then, with 100 metres to go, I felt a hand on my shoulder. It was my old man who really loved me and he was there to lift me up and help me.”
Derek hopped on one leg for half a lap before his father came to his aid. Together they finished the race arm-in-arm to a standing ovation. Now, some 20 years after the race, not many people remember who won that semi-final race or who even won the Gold. But, many still remember Derek Redmond. Because dispite the pain... despite the heartache... Despite It All... With the Help of His Loving Dad... He Finished the Race! He kept going till he reached the finish line!
1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.