There was an amusing article
in the newspapers sometime back. It was about America's premier mile
runner of the 1940s, Gil Dodds. Dodds was known as "The Flying Parson"
because he was an ordained minister. Dodds usually signed autographs
along with a scripture reference. This was his way of setting an
example. Not all of his fans knew what the notations meant, though. When
he wrote "Phil. 4:13" as a shortened form of Philippians 4:13, one fan
thought that was Dodds' phone number. Another mistook it for Dodds'
performance in a race at Philadelphia. Dodds spent one summer running
against Swedish great Gunder Hagg, and the promoters switched distances.
They were supposed to run one mile. They ended up running two. So Dodds
accompanied his autograph with "Matthew 5:43," which reads: "Whoever
shall compel you to go a mile, go with him two."
Key Bible Verse: Let us strip off every
weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our
progress (Hebrews 12:1). Bonus
Reading: Hebrews 12:1–4
Runner Gil Dodds was once preparing for a
race. After a series of stretching exercises, Dodds ran several warmup
laps around the track. Just before the race began, he quickly changed
into some other track shoes.
One of the onlookers asked why he was changing shoes.
Dodds tossed to the inquirer one of his warmup shoes. Then one of his
The man was still puzzled. There was no detectable
difference in the two shoes. Both looked the same. Both seemed to weigh
Then Dodds explained. There was indeed a difference.
The warmup shoes were slightly heavier than his racing shoes. Though
only a small difference, saving even that much weight for the race could
spell the difference between victory and defeat.