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Run to Win – May 21st
“Run in such a way that you may obtain [the prize].” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
As a teenager, James Martinson had one dream – to someday be on the US Downhill Ski Team. But the army drafted him and sent him to Vietnam, where he suffered a severe injury from a landmine, resulting in the loss of both his legs. He became hateful toward people and toward God, abused alcohol and drugs, and even considered suicide.
Then James met several Christians who explained how Christ could change him. Initially he didn’t believe them, but finally he invited Christ into his life. He recalls, “I didn’t get my life back, but I began to experience something new from the inside.”
Eager to share Christ, James started working with teenagers. “Come run with us!” they begged. He answered, “I can’t. I don’t have legs.” “You’ve got a wheelchair,” they replied. This was the start of his wheelchair racing, a challenge that made him a big-time winner. People often ask, “Was it wheelchair racing that changed your life?” He answers with conviction, “No, it was Jesus Christ.”
Felling like a loser? Turn in faith to Jesus Christ. Then accept the apostle Paul’s teaching to run for the prize of an eternal trophy. Jesus will not only transform your losses into gains, but he’ll transform you!