A Lesson From Blade Runner

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius, aka the Blade Runner, heads to the finish line in his 400-meter heat on Saturday in London. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / August 4, 2012)

If you’ve been watching the Olympics at all, you’ve certainly heard of him. He’s one of the most talked about participants in the 2012 games. His nickname is Blade Runner and for good reason, Oscar Pistorius from South Africa lost both legs when he was only 11 months old due to a birth defect. His infectious optimism is credited in large part to his late mom, Sheila, who insisted his disability wouldn’t hold him back; she encouraged him as a boy to do whatever he saw his older brother doing. And as a toddler this is exactly what he would do. He saw his disability as a challenge rather than a hindrance.

He was fitted with prosthetic blades making him the first double-amputee to compete in the Olympics. He is an inspiration to all who have come to know him in London.

South Africa’s ‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Oscar shared, “my mom would often tell me a loser is not a person who gets involved and comes in last, but it’s the person who doesn’t get involved at all.”

Do you ever feel as if your marriage is losing? Like you’re falling behind where you think you should be or hoped to be by now? Well let Mr. Pistorius encourage you. It isn’t how fast we run or the records we break, but the attitude we bring with us that makes all the difference.

Oscar has had an impact on everyone he meets, and it’s not his legs that get him noticed, it’s his smile.

No one is more grateful to be here. His expression reveals the gratefulness he has to even be in London, whether or not he places in the 400m. race. He is grateful for the fans, grateful for the competition and grateful to have the freedom to run at all.

How grateful are you for your marriage? Are you facing difficult times in your relationship? Are you letting this hold you back from being grateful for the privilege it is to be married in the first place? Let’s not use our trials as an excuse for a weak marriage, but rather let’s embrace the trial with faith for what God can do in spite of them. True strength is born out of weakness, for the Bible states that when I am weak, then I am strong. 

It is God alone who can help us in our weakness to do things we could never do on our own. And when we do, there is no doubt who gets the glory.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV)

About Debi Walter

Tom and Debi have been sharing encouragements through their blogs for many years. Marriage, Reading God's Word and documenting family history is our focus. Growing in our relationship with the Lord is primary in all we say, write or do. We are grateful for all who desire to join us in the same endeavors.
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