Blessing Out of the Struggle
This is from my book and tells more about the blessing out of the struggle to run after I was paralyzed.
The Fall Semester presented some of the greatest challenges I had ever faced as a runner. I wanted to keep up with the others, but I just couldnâ€™t run the fast pace they ran. I was always the last person to finish the ten-mile run.
Whenever I finally finished my mileage and boarded the team vehicle trailing our workouts, I felt guilty for making the rest of the team wait for me to finish my run. The Cross Country coach had the entire team to train, but he recognized my feelings and took the time to buoy my spirits. His positive wisdom helped me stay with my running. He told me that it didnâ€™t matter where I finished in the workout or race, but how I continued to run.
He said that I put my heart into my running and he could see the potential I had to become a great runner. He told me that my teammates were learning from me as they saw me struggle to run and not quit. His words inspired me to look beyond my slowness now and hold to that dream of some day becoming an outstanding runner.
My prayer was to be able to see my potential and hold it before my face during the times when finishing a workout seemed impossible. God answered my prayers and I learned that one negative experience of one day was not going to stop me from running.
Blessings in Your Life as Well, Gar
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