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Second Wind

You may have heard athletes speak of a “second wind,” a new burst of energy that comes during a long session of exercise. It’s not a myth. According to Dr. Paul G. Donohue, a marathon runner will have depleted all of his muscle glycogen (muscle sugar) at about the two-hour mark. His body will then switch to a new fuel source—fat. Initially, there is fatigue, as lactic acid builds up and blood sugar drops. But when the body adapts to the new source of fuel, new energy comes—a “second wind.” But the athlete must persist through the fatigue stage to reach the “second wind.”

Likewise, there are some blessings of God that will come our way if we persevere in faithfulness. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised (Hebrews 10:36).

Reference: Dr. Paul G. Donohue, “Athletes do indeed get a ‘second wind,’ The Arizona Republic(12-31-03)

The Great Pyramid

The Egyptian pyramids are among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ruins of 35 of them still stand near the Nile River in Egypt. The largest is the Great Pyramid, built about 2,500 B.C. for King Khufu (known ... [Read More]

Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia, 2003, “Pyramids,” pp. 916-919

Finishing Well

Dr. J. Robert Clinton, professor of leadership at Fuller Seminary, has concluded from his research of thousands of Christian leaders that 70 percent of leaders do not finish well.

The top 3 reasons for failing to f... [Read More]

Reference: Bill Thrall, Bruce McNichol, Ken McElrath, The Ascent of a Leader (John Wiley and Sons, 1999)

Don't Give Up

A South Korean woman passed her driving test this month—on her 950th attempt.

68-year-old Cha Sa-soon has been taking the written test every day since April 13, 2005, except for weekends and holidays. The test c... [Read More]

Reference: "Woman passes 950th driving test," news.bbc.co.uk (11/6/09); Leo Lewis, "South Korean woman, 68, passes driving theory test on 950th attempt," timesonline.co.uk (11/9/09).

It Takes Time

It took Leo Tolstoy about 6 years to write War and Peace. Cervantes published Part I of Don Quixote in 1605, but it was 10 years later—in 1615—before he published Part II. It took Dante 13 years to compl... [Read More]

Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz is the creator of world-famous “Peanuts” comic strip, featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and others. Schulz drew all of the 18,000 “Peanuts” comic strips, which eventually appeared in over 2,0... [Read More]

Reference: The World Book Encyclopedia,, 2003, "Schulz, Charles Monroe," pp. 187-188