Fresh Hope – 30th May 2020

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

A few years ago at the Special Olympics, the competitors lined up to run the 100-metre dash. Everyone took off, but as they rounded the corner one of the runners fell badly and was left in tears, knowing that the race for them was over. Suddenly all the others stopped, came back, helped him up, then locked arms and walked across the finish line together. It was an unforgettable moment. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

What made the Special Olympic runners all stop and come back when perhaps in the regular Olympics they would have just all kept going? Was it not because they realised that they all had weaknesses? They knew that it could have been anyone of them lying there on the track, so they reached out to him. In a very real sense, all the runners won the race that day.

During this current time of crisis, I pray that we will have all had a wake up call to help us appreciate once more, that it is more important to help each other win, than it is to just be a winner myself. In fact, God is more interested in how much we are lifting others up, than He is in just putting me on a podium. I pray that our new normal will be more about running together, stopping daily to lift and encourage each, and treating people with respect that they deserve — that way we all become winners in life.

Pastor Mark

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