the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort,
Yesterday, I took the boys for their swimming lesson. There was a young man there who was meeting with two other gentlemen. It turns out, because I asked a few questions, he was being recruited for a special missions team in the Air Force. It was a privilege to watch this young man go thru his "tests". He swam the entire length of the pool....underwater....without once coming up for a breath of air. Then, he had to swim 12 complete laps in 11 minutes, or less. The recruiter told me he had "boys" who could swim that distance in 7 minutes. I overheard the young man tell the one who was timing him that he had been swimming....training....every day since July.....and that he felt he could have done better if he shaved off his beard, because it was a hindrance.
As I watched this young man, the word that kept going thru my mind was "endurance". He had a goal in mind that he wanted to meet....and he kept on keeping on until he was able to pass the "test".
Because I had such a busy morning, I didn't read my "verse of the day" until later in the afternoon.....
and here it is....
Hebrews 12:1 (NLT)
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us."
The boys were fascinated with this young man....and especially with the ones in their Air Force uniform and fatigues. I was enthralled with the skill of this boy. We were his "witnesses"....and as he said, he needed to strip off his beard because it was a "weight" slowing him down and "tripping" him up. He certainly "ran with endurance"....well, he swam with endurance. As we left I just had to interrupt their conversation to tell this young man what a blessing it was to watch him.
Isn't it wonderful the life lessons we can learn....
....if we're just observant?!?!
HOPE your Thursday is blessed, Sweet Reader!!!