Yesterday (August 9, 2012) Manteo Mitchell was running the first leg of the 4X400 meter relay preliminary heat for the USA. About halfway down his stretch of the relay, he heard a POP! “It felt like somebody literally just snapped my leg in half,” he said.
That’s what happened, and he still had about 200 meters to go in his leg of the race. He had a decision to make – quit or continue.
“I was doing my job,” Mitchell told The Associated Press. “But probably at 201 meters, I heard it and I felt it. … But I figured it’s what almost any person would’ve done in that situation. … Even though track is an individual sport, you’ve got three guys depending on you, the whole world watching you. … You don’t want to let anyone down. …”
According to the AP article he credited something more than simple adrenaline for pushing him the rest of the way around the track.
“Faith, focus, finish. Faith, focus, finish. That’s the only thing I could say to myself,”
How many ways could we apply those words in our daily lives, “Faith, focus, finish” in that order? Too often we are so worried about finishing that we forget the faith or focus piece and don’t finish well. Sometimes we focus on the wrong things; and it destroys our faith, and we don’t finish well.
The race of life is not always easy. Things happen that we don’t expect; but we can still finish well if we keep this phrase in mind: “Faith, focus, finish!”
The Apostle Paul said it this way: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8 NIV)