Now before you think that Peter used some kind of special prosthetics, let me point out that Peter began running the Pike’s Peak back in 1971 wearing a pair of homemade running shoes that were basically leather cylinders with a rubber base on the bottom. Peter says that to understand what it is like for him to walk, you need to create the coffee can stilts you used as kids and try walking around with those. He has nothing to leverage his steps with. At one point during the second half of the grueling race, he got a small piece of rock inside his boot. When it began cutting into the stump of his leg, he finally stopped to untie his shoe. Except his finger and thumb were so numb he couldn’t get the laces undone, so he finished the run with the rock cutting into his foot. Peter believed what his mother had taught him: “Never accept the limitations imposed on you by other people.”
When tempted to quit, he kept his eyes on the prize, reaching for the goal. In his book, Come Run With Me, Peter concludes with these words…
Call me a fanatic if you wish…and you’ll be right.
But I’ll be out there running for as many years as I can.
And if in my last race the mountain is too steep to run,
I’ll jog it. And if I can’t jog, I’ll walk. And if I can’t walk,
I’ll crawl on all fours. And when I can no longer crawl,
I’ll shout words of fire and glory to those around me
And die with my face to the finish line! (“Come Run With Me”, Exposition Press, p. 46.)
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Contributed by Lorenzo Edwards on Feb 20, 2008
You have to understand this. If the enemy destroys your house, you can build another one. But if he kills your dreams if he destroys your visions. He can destroy your future. And I come to encourage the saints of God on today. Do not stand by and let