A man suffering from gallstones ran two miles through traffic to get to the starting line of an Olympic race in which he won gold. Kipchoge ‘Kip’ Keino from Kenya participated in 3 running events for the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. For the first two events he was feeling sick and in one he even collapsed. He was urged not to run in the third event but his competitiveness took over. The day of the race he suited up and boarded the bus to the event. The traffic was bad and he knew he would be late for the race. The then 28 year old jumped off the bus and ran 2 miles straight to the starting line to make it in time for the 1,500 meter race. He then won Gold and set the then new Olympic record. Directly following the race a doctor took Kip back to Germany to remove his gallstones.
Thought of the day
A lot of trouble would disappear if only people would learn to talk to one another instead of talking about one another.
Story of the day
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer’s showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man’s name embossed in gold. Angry, he raised his voice to his father and said “With all your money, you give me a Bible?” and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.
When he arrived at his father’s house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. And as he did, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer’s name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss Spirit’s blessings and answers to our prayers because they do not arrive exactly as we have expected?
TODAY’S’s affirmation: “Today I look beyond the obvious and allow miracles to be created in my life.”
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 14.02.2012)