“If He’s Standing, I’m Running”

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In 2008, four-year-old Reece Delashmit was involved in a serious car accident. He suffered brain damage, went into a coma for four months, and was put on life support. The damage he sustained made activities like standing nearly impossible. The family spent every day since the accident focused on helping Reece to recover.

Over time Reece was able to stand with the help of a brace. Then, a couple of years ago, Reece’s father, Rick, took a look at himself and realized he had reached an unhealthy weight.   Rick explained, “Finally, I said, I’ve got to change this. Here I am and I’ve got the most inspirational, toughest kid in the world right under my roof, and I’m now taking that example and doing it myself…He used to be in a coma, I used to be a fat guy. My son is recovering from a brain injury. We have a deal now. If he’s standing, I’m running.” Rick’s running encourages Reece to stand, and Reece’s standing encourages Rick to keep running. Since their pact, Rick has lost 70 pounds, and Reece can now stand for 90 minutes at a time (Yahoo).

About 2000 years ago, our Savior went through one of the most horrific experiences. He was rejected by those He healed, helped, and taught. He was persecuted by those who claimed to follow God. In the end He was placed upon the cross and slaughter without cause. Although He was unjustly killed, not even death could take Him out. Ephesians 1:20-22 says, “which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet…”

As for us, we were lost in our sins and dead in our trespasses (Colossians 2:13). Then Christ came along and offered us salvation through the blood He shed on the cross (vs. 14). Because of this amazing sacrifice, we should want to keep running towards Him. Through the power of God, Christ is now reigning up in heaven. Therefore, along as He is reigning, we should keep running! And Scripture makes it clear that He will always reign (1 Timothy 1:17; Psalm 10:16), so we must keep working to be with Him in heaven.

Jesus Christ truly is the most inspirational story! He received so much of what He didn’t deserve, and did for us far more than we deserve. He is reigning, so let’s keep pressing towards heaven (Philippians 3:14).

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