Looking back

In 1954 Roger Bannister set a world record. Bannister became the first track and field athlete to run a mile under 4 minutes. His time was 3:59:4.

In Australia another runner, Bannister’s rival, John Landy took note of Bannister’s record. A month later Landy beat Bannister’s record by about a second.

The press went nuts. Later that Summer the two runners were scheduled to face off at the British Empire games in Vancouver. The media dubbed the race the Mile of the Century. Thousands of spectators watched the race.

As the runners took off Landy took the lead and kept it.

But then Landy made a fatal mistake. With only 90 yards to go Landy looked back. At that very moment Bannister shot past Landy and won the race.

Looking back is never a good idea. Lot’s wife looked back and look what happened to her. She was turned into a pillar of salt.

Leave what’s behind leave it there. 1

1The inspiration for this blog post came from David Jeremiah’s book, Forward , W Publishing, 2020 ©David Jeremiah 2020

1The inspiration for this blog post came from David Jeremiah’s book, Forward , W Publishing, 2020 © David Jeremiah 2020

About Steve Sawyer

God blessed me with the gift of writing. Mom told me I wrote paragraphs in second grade when others were learning to write sentences. I spent more than three decades in professional writing gigs. For the past eight years I've combined my passion for writing with my love for the Lord. He and I write a Christ-centered, family-friendly blog to glorify God Monday-thru Friday at https://stevensawyer.wordpress.com/. My wife and I have four grown children and two precious granddaughters we co-parent with their mom. I'm a Galatians 2:20 disciple of Christ seeking to allow Christ to live His life in me, through me, and as me.
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