Today one of Robbie’s stories in reading was about Glenn Cunningham, a man who set the world record for running the fastest mile in 1934. Apparently, Glenn’s legs had been badly burned in a fire when he was eight, to the point that doctors said he would never walk again. Glenn was determined to prove them wrong, however, he not only couldn’t walk, but also had no feeling in his legs. Glenn began to pray that his legs would hurt so at least he would feel something. Eventually he began to feel the sensation of pain, and one day he was able to stand alone. Unfortunately, the pain got worse and worse. Glenn thought to himself, if he could just run, the pain wouldn’t matter, because he’d be focusing so hard on running, he wouldn’t notice. So Glenn began running which indeed kept his mind off the pain. First, he won a local one mile race, then trained for other races, and finally went on to win the world record for the mile in 1934, which was truly a miracle. He had so much determination and perseverance, even while in pain. He never quit. He never stopped trying to become better. He didn’t let his obstacles keep him from going to a higher level. I loved his story! But the best part was the verse at the end. I needed it today…..
“And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
Cool side note- In the 1940’s Glenn opened the Glenn Cunningham Youth Ranch in Kansas, where he and his wife helped 10,000 needy and abused children.