In the minister’s calling the reasons for drop-out are varied. It’s too emotionally painful, I couldn’t live with the financial privation, my wife, etc. Here’s a statement from a man acquainted with pain that may help.
“The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.” May 6, 1954. 3:59.4.
The statement is key to all serious endeavors. The feat giving impetus to today’s quote comes from a man who also said, “Just because they said it was impossible did not mean that I couldn’t do it!” He was the first man in all of history to accomplish the feat for which he was/is famous. Why did I use May 6, 1954 3:59.4? Those numbers were deemed impossible and if any human actually reached them, that human would surely die. Strangely, high schoolers now run 4 minute miles and better!
Clearly the “impossible” had been more mental than actual.
The quote is from Roger Bannister the English doctor who at age 25 on May 26, 1954 ran a mile in less than four minutes with the time of 3:59.4. Three minutes, fifty-nine and four-tenths seconds.
Bannister stated,” everyone said a four-minute mile would kill the runner, so when I got up from collapsing at the end of the race, I assumed I was dead!”
Do not mistake my statements about Clergy failure to lead you astray in your thinking. Many men and women give up on life, due to the pain of it, and while not committing suicide, simply take on zombie like attitudes and walk along the rut they accept for living and tip toe stealth like to the grave.
All of this is not an attempt to recruit Marathon runners, or even sprinters, and certainly not confined to the hope of communicating staying power to clergy. It is written for self-encouragement in the hope that it may also encourage you.
Bannister said it this way, “The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.”
Paul says, “You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.”
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