It’s been a while since I have posted any stories about other people, and since its Friday, I think this is a great day to it again. One of my fellow harriers from college forwarded this story to me yesterday. It’s a story that is well worth reading about a high school cross country runner and his sacrifice during his race. This version has even more information.
This is an excellent example of Philippians 2, and I think that it’s hard sometimes to find examples of people living that way in our society. Last week I was teaching some high school kids about the parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector from Luke 18, and during that class it was difficult for the kids to describe acts of humility. The actions of this young man are an example of humility and selflessness in so many ways.
I applaud him and thank him for his example. I am not so sure I would have stopped when I ran cross country.
1-4If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. Philippians 2