Fifty years ago this week, a runner (fouled) would fall. And though he would appeal, he was denied. Jim Ryun failed to qualify to mine Olympic gold. It was a test by which his faith was tried.
This Munich moment would define Jim’s character and more. Who tripped him on the track he would forgive. So too the IOC top brass who recognized their error. Jim learned wounds can’t be licked to truly live.
And live he did. Jim Ryun ran for Congress. And he won. The “Kid from Kansas” gave his faith some feet. Committed to a Christ-like cause, Jim took his laps in stride while learning from life’s setbacks and defeats.
Perhaps we, too, can learn from him when tempted to give in when others trip us up by their mistakes. May we, like Jim, refuse to quit forgiving as we go while proving what is stretched need never break.
“Not good for man to be alone!” God said when life began. “To skate through life with joy he needs a pair. Someone to share the thrills and spills. Someone to hold his hand, a partner by his side when he is scared.”
What God intended from the start is what makes life complete. A spouse or friend to navigate thin ice. When sharing joys and sorrows, we find meaning in each day. Companionship is needed (not just nice).