Afraction of a second was enough to make headlines—and lasting fame—around the world for what Sports Illustrated called
the single greatest athletic accomplishment
of the twentieth century. It was the breaking of the four-minute mile. No one on
record had ever run faster than this four-minute, psychological-barrier mile.
But in 1954, just a few weeks a;er the
skinny Oxford medical student, Roger
Bannister, had accomplished “the impossible,” Australian runner John Landy surpassed the new record time. ;e following
season saw a few more record breakers
and, within three years, no fewer than seventeen runners had conquered what had
been considered an impenetrable barrier.
;is type of achievement does not come
as the result of wishful thinking. As with
all accomplishments, dedication, perseverance, sacri;ce, and a commitment to consistent practice are essential.
;ere is no doubt that Christianity can
once again usher in a renaissance in the
arts, architecture, education, economics,
science, medicine, health, government,
and technology. But there must be a return to the discipline of daily practice. ;e
Apostle Peter understood the importance
of practice and gives us a plan to follow:
. . . Make every effort to supplement
[at one’s own expense] your faith with
virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
and knowledge with self-control, and
self-control with steadfastness, and
steadfastness with godliness, and
godliness with brotherly affection,
and brotherly affection with love.
For if these qualities are yours and
are increasing, they keep you from
being ineffective or unfruitful in the
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
. . . Therefore, brothers, be all the
more diligent to confirm your calling
and election, for if you practice these
qualities you will never fall.
As with all accomplishments, dedication, perseverance, sacri;ce, and a commitment o consistent practice are essential.