When I think about movies that have impacted me, there are so many out there. I could list Rocky, Brian’s Song, Rudy, or even Good Will Hunting. The list could go on for hours.
What is on my mind right now is the movie “Miracle”. This is the Kurt Russell movie based on the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team. The story is one of the best sports stories ever and the movie is fantastic.
What is sticking out for me from that movie is the ending. Nobody can watch it without getting goose bumps. To see an under dog team of young men take on a team that NOBODY thought they could beat, and then beat them is incredible.
There is a part after the final horn goes off to signal that they win, that Herb Brooks, who has been OBSESSED with beating this team, goes and looks for his supportive wife in the crowd. Without saying anything, they just look at each other, and they both know that they did it. The monkey is off their back.
See, he wouldn’t have been able to do this without her support. She was his biggest cheerleader and supporter. That is the feeling I get whenever I finish a marathon or when I cross the finish line of the upcoming Ironman this September. Without my wife, Amy, I get none of these races done.
God didn’t bless me with a lot of athletic ability. To be quite honest, he blessed me with not much at all. I have overcome a brain tumor, colon cancer, and not having much talent in the athletic arena. I have now finished 21 marathons and several triathlons including an Ironman in 2007. God willing I will finish another couple marathons and another Ironman this year too.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” is my life verse. Without leaning on Jesus Christ, I accomplish nothing. I am so so so thankful for everything that God has blessed me with. I am most thankful for sending me an Angel to be my life partner. She is so understanding when I am gone to train or when I am just not feeling well from stomach issues related to the colon cancer. She comes to every event without the slightest hesitation and cheers me on to the point where I feel like a superstar.
This September when I cross that finish line in Madison, Wisconsin after traveling 140.6 miles in an Ironman, I will be looking my wife in the face with that same smile that Kurt Russell playing Herb Brooks had on his face. The smile that says, “We did it Honey. We did it!”
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