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Boston Marathon Memorial-4/15/2013-Going The Distance

Going The Distance

By design, the marathon is a run that celebrates victory against invasion. Against an invasion from an external force and that of fear.

This distance, as an athletic run or an arc of life, is travelled by those committed to ‘going the distance’.

Unfortunately, there are those among us, who would seek short cuts in order to gain an advantage. Engaging in this course of action is to cheat themselves and our community from sharing their best. This can only lead to a truncation of their spirit. Only a commitment to ‘going the distance’ will produce complete development of their full potential as a person and positive contributor to our community.

Like the race, our lives are a marathon, filled with challenges to our faith, family, and personal fulfillment. As stated in Isaiah 40:31: “but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Look to the lives of our elders who have ‘gone the distance’. Look not upon the dastardly deeds of those who ‘choose’ a path of destruction and fear, but focus on those and that which replenishes and renews. The most difficult of times does not develop our character, instead, it reveals it. The marathon of our lives, reveals the strengths and fractures of our character.

The youth of an ancient tribe asks an elder about which is stronger in the battle between ‘good’ and ‘evil’. Responding, the elder said within all things, The Great Spirit has placed the breath of life. So too, ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are in all things. The stronger becomes ‘that which we choose to feed’.

It is the difference between looking in a mirror or through a window. Through the window, we clearly see an ‘us’ and ‘them’. We see and judge the beliefs and behaviors of others. In the mirror, we see ourselves. Let us have the courage to not flinch as we see our own truths and embrace that truth which inextricably link us to others. Let us commit to ‘going the distance’ to make ourselves, our lives and community, better today than yesterday.

“Our perpetrator today, is yesterday’s abused and neglected child. Our perpetrator tomorrow, is today’s abused and neglected child. Let us commit to stopping this cycle.”-Honorable John Jenkins

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