The Parable of Olympic Swimmer Tera Van Beilen - John Van Sloten

July 29, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWhat’s happening in a heat? Her body, operating at peak performance, enters into the best stroke, at the best frequency, with the least amount of water resistance. After taking the best dive possible and staying underwater for the maximal distance, she enters into the best race; ideally a perfect breaststroke 100m heat. During this ideal heat she is operating on autopilot; with all of the coaching, training, internal drive and desire and muscle memory taking over. In the freedom that all of her preparation has given her, she lets herself go - completely throwing herself into the race, and is fully alive, fully an athlete, fully human, full the person God has made her to be."

“I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.”
Jesus in John 10:10, MSG

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”
1 Corinthians 9:24, TNIV

“Things happened fast. The sky grew black with wind-driven clouds, and then a huge cloudburst of rain, with Ahab hightailing it in his chariot for Jezreel. And God strengthened Elijah mightily. Pulling up his robe and tying it around his waist, Elijah ran in front of Ahab's chariot until they reached Jezreel.”
1 Kings 18:46, MSG

"I run the first 200m as hard as I can. Then, for the second 200m, with God's help, I run harder."
Eric Liddell, 1924 British gold medalist runner

“I’ll do my best and let God do the rest!”
What Tera says before each race

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