Every age has had exploits. Many of the great exploits have been the work of explorers, leaders, inventors, writers, and missionaries. In times of great darkness, a man or woman would rise up and do a great exploit and turn the tide.
When was the last time you staggered? Maybe you only stagger when you stand up too fast, or maybe you’re like my Dad. He always staggered about for a few minutes after giving blood. His blood type was very rare so they loved when he donated it, but he had to be careful or he would end up on the floor.
The Christian life is compared to many things, but in simple terms, it is a life of getting to know Jesus Christ. Everyday we should be getting to know Him better and better. We should be learning more of His nature, power, and plans. Our goal should be for everything we think and do to be filled with all the fullness of God. The fullness of God is a place of great love and power. It is also the place of powerful, effective prayers that receives great answers.
The key phrase in business for years was “location, location, location”. Some say this has changed to “position, position, position” with the advent of internet sales. Either way, the point is a business must be in the right place to be seen. Without a good location, or position, it is difficult to be successful. In prayer, the key is location and occasion.
For many years I worked with high school students. I was a teacher, coach, and administrator. I loved working with young people. Everyday was a challenging swarm of new ideas, plans, goals, and desires. In a world where something new could become old within an hour, and where people were so desperate to stand out from the crowd that they dressed, acted, and talked alike, the only real constant was change.
Sometimes you hear of a man or woman who has done something great for other people. Their life work has been for the benefit of others. For example there is the 19th century biologist/chemist Louis Pasteur. Before his work, life was very scary.
Who is the smartest person of all time? People might mention someone like Albert Einstein or Bill Gates, but there are lots of candidates. You could even include groups of people like those who sent a man to the moon. You have to be very smart to overcome all the problems of space travel, landing on the surface without crashing, and then returning to Earth. If you take the smartest person, or group, and all of their knowledge, they still know nearly nothing compared to God. So if you were looking for prayer advice wouldn’t you want to hear from the One Who has the most knowledge?
There is fast, and then there is really fast. For instance, in May of 1954, Roger Bannister completed the mile faster than anyone had ever run on a track. He broke the 4-minute-mile record by less than a second, but all that mattered was that he had broken it. To break this barrier, he had to overcome all adversity and not let anything stand in his way.
The Olympics often give us great stories of people who have dug deep. Beyond the years of training and conditioning, there are stories that capture our attention. The 1968 Olympics were held in Mexico City, and that year the marathon was won by Mamo Wolde of Ethiopia, in an impressive time of 2:20:26, but it is not the story of the winner that day that captures our attention.
John Stephen Akhwari represented Tanzania in that same Olympic marathon. Akhwari, a little before the halfway point of the race, was jockeying for his position and got knocked down. He dislocated and badly scraped his knee and damaged his shoulder when he hit the pavement. Although he was bleeding and in great pain, Akhwari got up and continued to run. While they were holding the medal ceremony, word came that Akhwari was still on his way to the finish line. Most of the spectators had left even before Akhwari crossed the finish line, more than an hour after Wolde’s victory. When asked why he continued running, he stated, “My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race, they sent me to finish the race.” John Stephen Akhwari dug deep.
The story is told of one of the richest men of his day, HAW Tabor (Horace Austin Warner Tabor), also known as the Bonanza King of Leadville. In the 1800s, Tabor struck it rich in silver mines near Leadville, Colorado. For a time, he very well may have been the richest man in the United States. Everything he touched turned to gold (well in his case it turned to silver). He bought seemingly poor mining claims, and they became some of the richest silver mines anywhere.