Success = what you inspire others to do

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From the Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

It has been said, ‘Success isn’t just what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire others to do.’

Eight years ago my good friend, Wes Harding, was a 40-year-old overweight couch potato.

But then he watched a video of Dick Hoyt pushing his son, Rick, in a wheelchair in the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon.

What this man did for his wheelchair-bound son inspired Wes to get off the couch and get into shape.

It didn’t stop there, however.

After losing almost 80 pounds and running in several races of various lengths, Wes, at the request of Dick Hoyt, decided to start a chapter of Team Hoyt here in Canada and start pushing disabled boys and girls in races.

The thrill of finishing a race is now a reality for so many physically and mentally challenged young people who have followed in the footsteps of Rick Hoyt.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:12, ‘Do unto others what you would have them do unto you.’

When we reach higher in the goals we have set for ourselves, a wonderful byproduct is the passion it sparks in others who have watched us do it.

As we learn to focus on the needs of others, our own sense of accomplishment will fade in the bright light of knowing that what we are doing is helping others.

Wouldn’t it be incredible if every person, as they got up each morning, looked into the mirror and said, ‘What can I do or say today that will inspire someone else and make a difference in their life?’

That just might be something you could try this week.

Who knows whose life you’ll impact from such a simple decision?

Today’s accomplishment for yourself could very well end up being someone else’s inspiration tomorrow.

Ask the Lord to help you make it happen!

– Photo from Facebook

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