At the age of eight, Glenn Cunningham suffered terrible burns in a schoolhouse fire. Although his mother convinced the doctors not to amputate Glenn’s legs, they said he would never walk again.

Ten years later, however, Glenn was a runner. Eventually he developed the technique of negative splitting: running the second half of every race faster than the first. With this method, the “Kansas Flyer” earned two Olympic medals and set the world record for the fastest mile.

This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. This New Year, let us start at a deliberate pace. Conserve energy as we set new habits, then pick up the momentum. Like the “Kansas Flyer,” we can finish stronger than we start—in the high calling of our daily work.

“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 Cor. 9:24)

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