Radical Repentance – Running on Empty
Key Bible Verse: I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. – Philippians 3:7
Bonus Reading: John 6:22-58
At the age of 25, according to the world’s standards, I was successful. I was a world record holder in the mile, had been on several Olympic teams, and had been on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
However, in May of 1972, in front of a nationally televised audience, I finished last during a race in the Coliseum in Los Angeles. I was angry, humiliated, and empty.
Shortly after that race, my wife, Anne, and I visited our friends Bernie and Clara Taylor. During our visit, I noticed Bernie reading over something and asked him what it was.
“It’s my testimony of coming to know Christ,” he said.
Even though I had been raised in the Church, and Christian friends had shared Christ with me over the years, I didn’t know what Bernie was talking about. So, that evening, he and his wife shared with Anne and me what it meant to know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
That night, it became clear that life was not about running faster or winning an Olympic medal; those things could never fill the void in me—only Christ could do that. A few weeks later, Anne and I accepted Christ. It was the best decision we ever made.
—Jim Ryun in The Courage to Run
My Response: When have I allowed my personal pursuits to get in the way of pursuing Christ with my whole heart?
Thought to Apply: Never let success hide its emptiness from you.—Dag Hammarskjold (Swedish statesmen)
Adapted from The Courage to Run (Regal, 2006)
Prayer for the Week: Dear Father, help me to know that in you there is no condemnation and nothing can ever separate me from your love.