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ImageIn 1986, Oscar Pistorius of South Africa was born with birth defects in both legs.  Before he turned one year old, both of his legs were amputated below the knee. Most would have thought that any hope Oscar might have had of running, much less walking like other boys and girls, would have ended there. Oscar, or “Blade Runner” as he is now affectionately known in running circles, didn’t hold to the same limitations that others might place on him.

This Summer Oscar is competing in the 2012 Olympic games in London, not in the paralympian category, but against what the commentators call “able bodied” runners.  Oscar not only runs, he runs fast, and with no limits. It makes me think of the limits that I often place on myself, that I might let others place on me.

It goes without saying that life is filled with hardship and adversity.  We live in a fallen world, and that is to be expected.  We all face trials daily, and sometimes the pressure seems more than we can bear.  Whether facing pressure with health, with relationships, with finances, with faith, you name it, at times the burden can seem too much.  But there is always hope – Jesus said – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  What encouragement in those words.  The Savior.  The Healer. This same Jesus once told a man who had just learned that his daughter had died, “Don’t be afraid; just believe,” and sure enough, that man saw his daughter brought back to life.  He offers us real life today as well, a victorious life today and eternal life with him in Heaven. To walk with the Savior is truly to live life with No Limits!

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