Dogged-9

2 Corinthians 11:25 “Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep;”
2 Corinthians 11:26 “[In] journeyings often, [in] perils of waters, [in] perils of robbers, [in] perils by [mine own] countrymen, [in] perils by the heathen, [in] perils in the city, [in] perils in the wilderness, [in] perils in the sea, [in] perils among false brethren;”
…From yesterday…
Same goes for man. Give a man a compelling purpose and he will never stop running.
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
Mohammed Ali, one of the greatest athletes of all time, who passed away a few days ago once said, “I hated every minute of the training, but I told myself, “don’t quit. Suffer now, and live the rest of your life as a champion”.
I read a piece on Ali by Mike Costello of the BBC and I can’t help but appreciate the power of purpose.
I was shocked when I actually got to read about what pushed him to boxing. As a 12-year-old boy, he was with a couple of friends in a building trying to get “free candy and popcorn”. When he was ready to leave the area, he met his bike stolen! He went to report at the police station and he was directed to the basement of the police building and the Columbia Training Centre, where police officer Joe Martin was in charge of the boxing programme.
It seemed the police were too slow for him so he decided to take laws into his own hands and hunt for the man who stole his bike. Joe Martin however advised him to better hone his punching skills before setting off in pursuit of the thief.
Ali was so determined and dogged in hunting for the man who stole his bike. Well, we may never know if he found the bike, but he found boxing!
To be continued…
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