2 Chronicles 15:7 (ESV)
But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.
The 1992 Summer Olympics featured two tremendously poignant moments. American sprinter Gail Devers, the clear leader in the 100 meter hurdles, tripped over the last barrier. She agonizingly pulled herself to her knees and crawled the last five meters, finishing fifth--but finishing.
Even more heart-rending was the 400 meter semifinal in which British runner Derek Redmond tore a hamstring and fell to the track. He struggled to his feet and began to hobble, determined to complete the race. His father ran from the stands to help him off the track, but the athlete refused to quit. He leaned on his father, and the two limped to the finish line together, to deafening applause.
This life is tough at times and takes real determination. Things knock us down and beat us up. The question is will we get back up and push our way through to the end. God is there ti give the strength.
Dear Lord, when the struggles come we pray for the strength to finish and finish strong. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.