As retirement speeches go, it was unequivocal. “Anyone who sees me in a boat has my permission to shoot me”. Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave had just won his fourth consecutive Olympic rowing gold at the Atlanta games in 1996 and his anguished utterance, as he clambered ashore, resulted from having spent half his life rising at the crack of dawn, come rain or shine, sleet or snow, training hour upon hour, day after day, month after month, year after year.
But Steve Redgrave knew that the relentless regime was worth it! You don’t win gold medals by messing about on a river on a lazy summer afternoon. You win the prize through discipline. Not discipline as in punishment. Discipline as in dogged determination and relentless pursuit.
And he did get in a boat again! Four months later. No one shot him (thankfully), and he went on to win his fifth consecutive rowing gold medal at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Discipline pays dividends!
A blog by Pastor Brendan munro
Welcome to my blog - thank you for stopping by! I’ve never done this before and I’m only doing it now after friends encouraged me to share more widely of the life-changing journey I’ve been on with God over the past couple of years.