I was listening to an interview on the radio about a woman who had a tumor removed from her brain and the affect it had on her life.
Her name is Diane Van Deren and she is,“One of the world’s best ultra-runners (as in races of 50 miles or more)”, according to the NPR journalist who reported about her amazing ability to overcome, “mental barriers.”
Her seizures stopped after having a kiwi sized tumor removed and all seemed normal. Then a while later she had an idea,“why not enter a fifty mile marathon?”
It seems she loved to run but she had never done anything like this before. She won the race.Then she entered the Canadian ,”Death Race”, a 78 mile race through the Yukon wilderness. The temperature was 48 degrees below the first day.
Her running shoes froze, yet she took second place because only 2 runners finished the race.
Then she placed in a 100 mile race through drastic changes in elevation and placed in that race as well.
By that time her family members and acquaintances had notice a pattern of short-term memory loss.
And it all started to make sense her.
She forgets the past and presses toward the mark.
She forgets how far she has gone and how tired she should be.
She has little sense of the amount of time that has lapsed and that does not weigh on her like so many of us, so waiting and anxiety are minimized I suppose.
She lives in the here-and-now every moment she runs.
I don’t know if Diane Van Deren is a Christian, but she is living proof of something that sounds like the same advice from God’s word that the Apostle Paul shared with us !
“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13,14)
And I would like to say that I have a personal application in this.
The Mid-life Crisis – that’s where you realize that you don’t have enough time to make your dreams that you have put on hold into reality.
Living in the here-and-now means that if you are reading this you still have the here-and-now.
So start working on a smaller version of your dream now. Maybe you can make you dream into reality.
How about Marriage or any relationship?– remember the movie,“The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind”?
The couple had a lot of bad memories erased from their minds by a scientific process,(that only exists in the movies),and they were able to love each other totally without the bad memories to hold them back.
“Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead“.
Help me readers. The first application came from me,(mid-life crisis).
Do you see any helpful applications to share here?
I know we could all use this in our lives and most importantly, as we, ” press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Read the full article about Diane Van Deren – Click the link below.