Get to Da’ Save-yah!

Keep Focused on the Goal

In the movie “Predator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger yells his famous line, “Run! Go! Get to da choppa!” Okay, we all know what he’s saying. Roughly translated, he’s saying. “Make haste! Don’t Delay! Make your way to the helicopter!”
In the famous scene, Arnold’s character, “Dutch” has just been shot by an alien hunter who is trying to stop his group from escaping. At that moment he has once thought running through his mind: “Don’t give up, keep going, you will be okay.”
 
Paul has a similar thought in Hebrews 12:1b-2a when he says, “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Sometimes life throws difficult situations our way, and, as Christians, we have to respond. We either give up, or we keep moving.
 
In the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, Derek Redmond was sure to win a medal in the 400. The British runner posted the fastest time of the first round, and went on to win his quarter-final. He stretched and setup in lane 5, ready to earn his chance at Olympic gold.
 
After the gun went off, he exploded from the chocks and barreled around the first turn. As he came around the back stretch, he started to gain ground against the other runners. With 250 meters still left in the race, things suddenly changed. He felt severe pain shoot through his leg as his right hamstring tore severely. He grabbed his leg and fell to the track in agony. A surgeon later told him that he would never run to represent his country again. His dreams of Olympic gold were finished.
 
As the medical staff approached to load him onto a stretcher, he suddenly rose to his feet and began limping down the stretch. As tears welled up in his eyes, a man in the stands behind him jumped over the railing and pushed his way through the security guards. He ran up behind him and began to help him run. The man was his father.
 
With 65,000 people giving a standing ovation, Derek Redmond finished his race. In response, the Olympic Committee would state, “Force is measured in kilograms. Speed is measured in seconds. Courage? You can’t measure courage”
 
Just like Derek, we all have a race to run. At times we may struggle, get hurt, and just want to give up, but fortunately, we have a Heavenly Father who will jump whatever boundaries are in His way to come and help us. And when He gets there, He will say, “Run! Go! Get to da’ Save-yah!”
 

Questions

1) Name some of your favorite movie quotes. Why are these so memorable?
 
2) What do you find encouraging about Derek Redmond’s Story?
 
3) Doctor’s told Derek Redmond his career was over, but he went on to play professional basketball. What can we learn from his will and determination?
 
4) What does Paul mean when he says that we are running a race?
 
5) How do we win this race?
 
6) Have you ever wanted to give up, but learned a valuable lesson through sticking it out?
 
7) How does Jesus help us run our race?
 
8) How has God come to your side and helped you in the past?
 
9) What does it mean to you to be courageous?
 
10) Is there anything you would like to pray for?