Adrianne Haslet lost her left leg in the bombing that occurred near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Many thought that Haslet’s days of running marathons were over, but she proved them wrong. She entered the 2016 race, and although it took her 10 ½ grueling hours, she persevered and conquered the course.
Haslet’s carbon-fiber blade prosthesis dug painfully into her stump after just a few miles. By mile 7, she experienced swelling and blistering. At mile 14, she had to spend an hour in a medical tent. At that point, she wondered how she would ever finish the 26.2 mile race.
“It was unbearably painful,” Adrianne would later admit. But her determination, along with the cheers of encouragement from the crowd, helped her complete the course. Adrianne Haslet gives true meaning to the phrase “Boston Strong”!
The Bible refers to the Christian life as a race. It is not so much of a sprint; it is more of a marathon, requiring courage and endurance to finish successfully. Living for Jesus is not always easy. Sometimes the race can be very difficult. We have to remember the importance of finishing strong. Others are counting on us. And Jesus doesn’t want any of us to give up! Ever!
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”—2 Timothy 4:7-8.