Worth the Pain
"That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day."—2 Timothy 1:12
One night when the medical student Roger Bannister was studying anatomy, he wondered whether he could run a mile in under four minutes. It had never been done before.
Bannister, an Olympic sprinter, knew how much training this endeavor would require. And he had to keep up his medical studies. For months he trained for hours every day, followed a strict diet, and studied eight to ten hours a day.
Two pacesetters were running with him when Bannister took off at the gun. It was May 1954, and he was running for the record. Bannister hit the first lap in 57.5 seconds and pushed hard to maintain pace on a slow track. He finished the second lap in 1:58.2. At the end of the third lap, Bannister's time was 3:00.5.
His body was screaming with pain and his step was beginning to falter. Bannister describes what happened during that last lap: "I said to myself, 'If you run until you collapse on that track, you're going to make this four-minute mile. If your knees hit the track, you're going to give everything you have, you're going to do it; you know you can. For eight months you've trained. You can do it.'"
Bannister fought pain, sprinted down the backstretch, crossed the finish line, and fell into the arms of his friends. Time: 3:59.4.
Put your life into the hands of the living God who loves you more than you can imagine. Any pain you endure for His name will be erased by His joy.
"I know not how the Spirit moves, convincing men of sin, revealing Jesus through the Word, creating faith in him. But "I know who I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I've committed unto him against that day."—Daniel W. Whittle