Friday, September 2, 2011

Triumph Is Just "umph" Added to Try

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Monica Seles had just won her first tennis tournament in more than two years since she had been stabbed in the shoulder by a fanatical fan.

Withstanding 100-degree heat and tendinitis in her left knee, she roared through the Canadian Open to defeat three Top 20 players enroute to a finals match that lasted only 51 minutes.  Her nightmare recovery had truly come to an end.

To help in her recovery, Monica asked Olympic champion Jackie Joyner-Kersee and her coach/husband, Bob Kersee, to put her on a strict workout routine.  While on this physical regimen she also worked to overcome the emotional problems that accompany such an attack.

Her father and coach, Karolj, who had been stricken by prostate and stomach cancer, was her continual source of inspiration.  She said, "I was down and he came into my room and said he couldn't stand to see me that way.  I decided then that I had to try and put it behind me and move on."

Have you ever felt "stabbed in the back" while doing good?  Withdrawal is often our first temptation, but with a creative and loving God, who continually inspires us, we just can't quit!  Our detractors will have to say about us what was said about Monica, "She's back!"

And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Galatians 6:9

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