What can we learn from the runner Mary Decker?

@1hopefulman (25925)
Canada
July 3, 2016 10:59am CST
Mary was a world class runner. In 1984 she was favored to win the gold medal at the Olympics. In the race, she tripped on the leg of a fellow runner and had to be carried off the track in tears and disappointed. See full story here: What happened to Mary? Mary was no quitter. In 1985, she set a new record for the women's mile. What can we learn from Mary Decker? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 New International Version (NIV) 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. Galatians 6:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Picture credit: Pixabay ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Mary Slaney Personal information Birth name Mary Teresa Decker Nationality American Born (1958-08-04) August 4, 1958 (age 57) Bunnvale, New Jersey Sport Sport Middle distance running Retired
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• United States
29 Jul 16
Very nicely said. I've enjoyed this post and the correlation to Mary Decker and how it, her example encourages Christians not to give up but to endure in the race for everlasting life concerning the hope we've been granted by God.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
1 Aug 16
You may remember her story mentioned in the WT.
@sol_cee (14334)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
5 Jul 16
It would have been easier to just sulk in a corner and blame God but Mary Decker proved her worth.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
5 Jul 16
An inspiration to us all!
@sofssu (14493)
5 Jul 16
Mary Decker is an inspiration. I wish I could say with Paul 'I have fought an excellent fight; I have finished my race and I have kept my faith' and wait for my Lord to tell me well done good and faithful servant. I pray that I will always remain faithful.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
5 Jul 16
Me too! While Paul was not overconfident, trusting in himself, he had faith in the God he served and knew that the race could be won and the prize attained. May we run with endurance and confidence that with God's help we will be winners.
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@LadyDuck (146785)
• Switzerland
3 Jul 16
I admire people who are no quitter. I am glad she set a new record.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
Let us never give up or quit when it comes to worthwhile endeavors!
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@paigea (21755)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
She certainly showed great fortitude.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
True! She was no quitter and we can follow in her footsteps when it comes to winning the race for life. As long as we don't quit or get disqualified we can all be winners. God cheers us on!
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@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
3 Jul 16
That wasn't just another runner - it was Zola Budd.
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
Thank you for identifying the "other runner"!
@boiboing (12207)
• Northampton, England
3 Jul 16
@1hopefulman She was - in most of the world - every bit as famous as Mary Decker, especially since she ran barefoot and pulled off a controversial change of nationality so that she could compete despite the buoycott on South African athletes.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Zola Pieterse Zola Pieterse, 2012 Personal information Nationality South African Born (1966-05-26) 26 May 1966 (age 50) Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, South Africa Sport Sport Middle-dista
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
3 Jul 16
@boiboing Thank you!
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@shaggin (36287)
• United States
6 Aug 16
We can learn to not give up if we really want something
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@1hopefulman (25925)
• Canada
7 Aug 16
Yes! I think we can safely say that no prize was ever won by one who gave up.