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Gbenga OwotokiWednesday, December 17, 2014
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f Wilma Rudolph can achieve great success regardless of her disability, then you have no excuse not to succeed. Wilma Rudolph was born into a poor home in Tennessee. At age four, she had double pneumonia with scarlet fever, a deadly combination which left her paralyzed with polio. She had to wear a brace, and the doctor said she would never put her foot on the earth. But her mother encouraged her. She told Wilma that, with God-given ability, persistence, and faith, she could do anything she wanted. Wilma said, "I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth." At the age of nine, against the advice of the doctors, she removed the brace and took that first step the doctors had said she would never take. At the age of 13, she entered her first race and came in way, way last. And then she entered her second, and her third, and her fourth and came way, way last. She continued in her efforts until a day came when she placed first. At the age of 15, she went to Tennessee State University where she met a coach by the name of Ed Temple. She told him, "I want to be the fastest woman on the track on this earth." Temple said, "With your spirit, nobody can stop you and besides, I will help you."

The day came when she went to the Olympics. At the Olympics, you are matched against the best of the best. Wilma was matched against a woman named Jutta Heine who had never been beaten. The first event was the 100-meter race. Wilma beat Jutta Heine, and won her first gold medal. The second event was the 200-meter race. Wilma beat Jutta a second time, and won her second gold medal. The third event was the 400-meter relay, and she was racing against Jutta one more time. In the relay, the fastest person always runs the last lap, and they both anchored their teams. The first three people ran and changed the baton easily. When it came to Wilma's turn, she dropped the baton. But Wilma saw Jutta shoot up at the other end. She picked the baton, ran like a machine, beat Jutta a third time, and won her third gold medal. She had made history. A paralytic woman became the fastest woman on this earth at the 1960 Olympics.

Wilma was disadvantaged right from the beginning, but she had a vision of where she was heading. You (like Wilma) might have been told certain things by people who think you can never become what you set out to be; but I ask you today, 'whose report will you believe?' Is it the report of doctors that have told you, 'you can never live to enjoy your life due to certain ailments' or is it that of people who have lost faith in you as a result of past failures and disappointment? These are reports of mere mortals like you. What does the report of the Lord say about your situation? Believe God's report, and take that step of faith today. There is no end to what you can achieve in the Lord. You are a success story already.

Thanks for taking the time to read my posts every week. I really to appreciate this and to those that have sent in encouraging comments and reviews, thanks so much. You have motivated me to stretch myself and do more. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Advance. God bless you.

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