A few years ago, at the Seattle Special Olympics, nine contestants, all physically or mentally disabled, assembled at the starting line for the 100 yard dash.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish & win. All, that is, except one little boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times & began to cry.
The other eight heard the boy cry. They slowed down & looked back. Then they all turned around & went back. Then all nine linked arms & walked together to the finish line.
Everyone in the stadium stood & the cheering went on for several minutes. People who were there are still telling the story. Why?
Because deep down we know this one thing: What matters in this life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down & changing our course.
Rom 15:1 (KJV): “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.”
“Our Lord has many weak children in His family, many dull pupils in His school, many raw soldiers in His army and many lame sheep in His flock. Yet, He bears with them all, and casts none away. Happy is that Christian who has learned to do likewise with his brethren.” - J.C. Ryle.