This weekend I watched the Ironman World Championship from Hawaii. I was absolutely touched by the stories of people that were doing that event. Ironman events incorporate swimming, cycling and running. It begin with a 2.4 mile swim(that's right, I said mile), then moves into a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a 26.2 mile marathon! In between each part of the race there is what they call a "transition area" where the clothing and shoes are changed and anything new is picked up to take on in the next part of the race.
One man running in the race had lost his legs in an accident. Another young man had been nearly killed in a car accident and had rehabilitated himself back to health and was trying to see if he could finish the race. One of the ladies in the race was 65 years old! Another older man, I believe he was in his 70'2 was blind! To watch these people take on this course and basically TELL their bodies what they were going to do was inspirational. They had something they wanted to prove to themselves. What they proved to me is that no one can tell you that you can't do something. These physical challenges were overcome by everyone of these competitors. They all finished the race and were greeted by family and friends.
I asked myself...how often do you quit because it's getting a bit difficult? Do you change directions when the going gets rough? I truly believe that with God ALL things are possible. Yet many times I find myself stopping because of MY limitations and not engaging His unlimited power. As the Ironman World Championship was going off the air the announcer came on and said another congrats to all the competitors, those that finished and those that had been beaten by the challenge. He then said :it's ironic, that to turn IMPOSSIBLE to POSSIBLE, you just take away the IM(IronMan).
Tell yourself today that YOU can rise up to beat the adversity that opposes you. You are a champion. Jesus said I M the way and if you will team up with Him, nothing will be impossible for you!