Fresh Hope – Day 25

Throughout her childhood, all Wilma Rudolph wanted to be was normal. As a toddler, double pneumonia and scarlet fever kept her bed ridden, while other children played outside.

When she was four, she contracted polio, which crippled her left leg and forced her to wear a heavy metal brace.

For seven years, she and her mom made the weekly 100 mile trek for treatments on her leg, and her brothers and sisters took turns massaging it daily.

When she was 11 years old, Wilma finally walked without the brace, and her hope of being a normal child was finally in sight, but a strange thing happened. Rather than just keeping up with the other children, she outran them.

At age 16, she won a bronze medal at the 1956 Olympics.

At 20, Wilma Rudolph became the first woman to win three gold medals during the 1960 Games in Rome.

Thankfully her dream of being just a normal child would never come true.

Today be inspired, not just to exist, but to excel.

Don’t just settle for average, stretch for gold.

Instead of contemplating retiring, consider re-firing.

You don’t exist to survive, you exist to thrive.

CELEBRATE the gift of another day.

Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.’


Pastor Mark


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