Last week I shared photos of our youngest granddaughter signing her letter to attend Southern Arkansas University on a track scholarship. A couple of weeks prior she had set a new personal best in high jump at 5′-5″ which ranked her 49th nationally among all female high school athletes. Well, a week ago, she competed in another event.
She set another personal best and broke the school record by clearing the bar at 5′-6″. This moved her ranking to number 24 nationally, no 12 among high school seniors, and number 1 in the state of Arkansas…and the season is just getting started. Our jumper made an attempt at a new state record of 5′-8″ but just couldn’t quite get it done. I do think 5′-9″ may be in her future and a ranking in the top 10 overall.
Before the season began, I was joking with her that her goal should be to walk under what she could jump over. In other words, jump her height. Well, that is clearly in sight and may happen before this season ends. Stay tuned, state championships are just around the corner and I will be there, camera in hand. Raise the bar!!!
Music Moves Me
The musical theme is this week is “Songs that tell a story”. There is no greater story than the story of God’s love for His creation and the sacrifice of His Son for the salvation of man. Ever since Adam and Eve disobeyed the Creator and ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil man has lived in a sinful state. The only cure for this situation is a blood sacrifice and that must be the unblemished Lamb of God, the only one who has ever lived a life without sin. Scripture tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) The biography of Jesus Christ captured in Scripture is the greatest story ever told and the events surrounding His birth, death burial and resurrection tell us of the fulfillment of old testament prophesy and the truth that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. There is no hope other than Christ. Eternal life is possible only through faith in Christ. Those who orchestrated the trial and crucifixion of Christ believed that they had eliminated a religious zealot that was a threat to their way of life. Instead, they fulfilled prophesy. Christ told His disciples that he would die, lay in the grave for three days and then rise again and that is exactly what He did. Christ layed down His life and then took it up again to show us that He has the power over death and the grave. In a couple of months we will celebrate Easter and one of the two most important events in human history. On that first Easter morning the earth shook, the stone rolled away and “Up From the Grave He Arosel!”