Saturday, May 17, 2008

"LIFE CAN ONLY BE UNDERSTOOD BY LOOKING BACKWARD, BUT IT MUST BE LIVED BY LOOKING FORWARD"

On New Year's Day, 1929, Georgia Tech played the University of California in the Rose Bowl. In the first half, Roy Riegels recovered a fumble for California, but he became confused about direction and ran the wrong way. One of his teammates tackled him just yards before he scored for the opposing team. When California tried to punt, Tech blocked the kick and scored a safety, which became the winning margin.During the halftime, the Cal players sat quietly, waiting to hear what the coach had to say. He was uncharacteristically quiet. Riegels put his blanket around his shoulders, stayed in a corner, put his face in his hands, and cried like a baby. Three minutes before playing time, Coach Price looked at the team and said simply, "Men, the same team that played the first half will start the second."The players filed onto the field, but Riegels did not budge. "Roy, didn't you hear me?" the coach asked.Riegels responded, "I couldn't face that crowd in the stadium to save my life." Coach Price put his hand on Roy's shoulder and said. "Roy, get up and go on back; the game is only half over." Tech men to this day will tell you they have never seen a man play football as Roy Riegels played that second half.copiedThose of us who have had gains in our journey to weight loss have got to look back and "SEE" what and where we went wrong. Then we must look forward and continue the journey to its completion.I will be the first one to say, I did cry like a baby the first time that I stepped upon the scales and they started going the wrong way and to such an extent. I allowed my self a time to wallow in my own self pity. I could see that was not getting me anywhere at least anywhere that I wanted to go. So instead of wallowing, I once again got down on my knees and ask my Heavenly Father to forgive me where I had failed, naming as many of those areas that I could bring to my memory. Then I still had to face all of you. I do take this responsibility as being very important. If I am going to try to help and tell you all what you might do then I sure have to be sure that I am doing those same things. It was not easy for me. Pride, you could say, shame was there also. I did not want to be responsible for any of you failing as I had. I put all that over and behind me and faced writing that first blog.God has given me such good encouraging friends. You were there to help me and I want to thank you all very much.I have lost two pounds and I have been getting off sugar and most bread slowly but on Monday, I will start back fully into my plan.I have bought me a stool that you sit on and do exercises. I can't really explain it. I am going to do that and walk in place. So , on next Saturday when I weigh in, I want to be able to be a good example to all of you.I am past "half time," but all of you are not. It is not a ballgame that we are playing. It is our lives that could hang in the balance and especially a quality life. So, come on , let's get out there and run the race until we reach the goal.If we have set backs well, we will continue to get up and try again until we finally accomplish that thing that we started. I am praying for each of you and when you are praying, I would appreciate you mentioning my name to the Lord. Thank you so much.

connie, your partner in reaching for the prize!

2 comments:

Pam--in Jerusalem said...

Like the story you posted, I hope you go out there in this 'second half' with even more determination to glorify God in your body. I will be praying for you!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Pam, thank you. I appreciate that very much.connie