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Sermon: HOW TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS #10
Series: EMPOWERED BY GOD TO FOLLOW YOUR DREAM (Nehemiah)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
-- Several weeks ago ... I had the privilege of meeting the son of Jim Ryun ... Jim Ryun -- the first man to break the 4-minute mile-- held the record for the mile race ... As a committed Christian man, Jim Ryun is currently serving in Congress ...
-- One of my favorite Jim Ryun stories ...
In 1972 Ryun was set to run in the Olympics held in Munich, West Germany. Ryun was picked to win. Jim Ryun was known as a "lagger" in running. That meant he would stay behind until the precise moment and then turn everything on to win the race. He was running in the 1500 meter race and with 500 meters left, a runner from Pakistan swerved into Ryun and made contact with Ryun's feet. The contact made Ryun fall, taking a runner from Ghana with him. By the time they came out of their daze, the two runners realized that the rest of the runners were way out in front. The other runner threw up his hands in disgust and walked off the track. Not Jim Ryun. There was no way for him to win his heat and yet, while stunned and injured, he picked up the race again, placing 9th in the race.
-- Jim Ryun ... then and now ... knew how to stay focused on what really matters!
(A) Whenever I take a couple through premarital counseling ... in preparation for their wedding ... I like to begin the counseling as soon as possible.
1- Because as the wedding date approaches ... a couple thinks less about marriage and more about the wedding.
2- The wedding often distracts a couple's attention away from the main thing: Marriage!
3- They have a dream ... a vision ... for what their marriage might be and must be!
a- Ask the typical engaged couple what matters the most: the wedding or the marriage ... They'll agree the marriage is what really matters.
b- I have suggested to couples that they postpone their we ...
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