Miami's 8-Lateral Miracle Kickoff Return Touchdown To Beat Duke
Have you seen this yet? As a sports fan I love seeing the highlights of well-played games that come down to the wire like this amazing touchdown from Miami. This was incredible to see the talent and speed of these athletes. They zigged and zagged to move the ball down the field, score a touchdown, and ultimately walk away with the victory! Miami ENDURED the final seconds of play because of teamwork, dedication, and diligence to reach their goal and score no matter what!
I love sports and what we can learn from them. I played both football and basketball while growing up and throughout my high school years. I was taught many principles that have since helped me in my journey through life. Maybe you can think of a few lessons you've learned from sports also...?
Just as this football team ENDURED, I want to talk about ENDURING to the end. What does this mean to you? Life is a journey of ups and downs. We all face challenges and trials that TEST us to our very core. How do we overcome the blows that life throws at us? How do we endure to the end and live a life that is full and rich? How can we leave a legacy and rest-assured we've done all that we can in this life to grow and progress?
I am grateful for those who have gone before us and left us examples and illustrations of overcoming doubt and difficulty. We are not left alone on this earth without a play book. A loving Heavenly Father has given His word to us. The holy scriptures are filled with faith-promoting stories that help us draw near unto Christ. If we allow Him into our life, He is on our team to WIN and HE will carry us through the rough patches of life. Yes...there will be stains on our uniform and YES, we will get knocked down more than once as we face life head on. But as we get on the strait and narrow path and walk with Jesus Christ we can, with His help, endure to the end.
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This is one of my favorite stories illustrating Lehi's Dream in The Book of Mormon regarding the last days...it symbolizes the significance of grasping the iron rod (God's word/Scriptures) and enduring to the end so we may taste the fruit of eternal life. Living in the world but being not a part of it can be very challenging but with God all things are possible.
7 And, if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God. D&C 14:7
The gospel of Jesus Christ includes enduring to the end as one of its bedrock doctrines. Jesus taught, “He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” 1 And, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed.” John 8:31. 2 Some think of enduring to the end as simply suffering through challenges. It is so much more than that—it is the process of coming unto Christ and being perfected in Him.
The Book of Mormon prophet Nephi taught: “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” 2 Ne. 31:20. 3
~ C.J. Poulsen
~ C.J. Poulsen