Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us – Hebrews 12:1
“I’ll never give up/Never give in/Never let a ray of doubt slip in/And if I fall/I’ll never fail/I’ll just get up and try again/Never lose hope/Never lose faith/There’s much too much at stake/Upon myself I must depend/I’m not looking for place or show/I’m gonna win.” Those are the lyrics from Brian McKnight’s “Win” from Men of Honor. The movie is based on the life of Carl Brashear, a man who through sheer determination became the world’s first black diver. However, he would later rise to the ranks of Navy master diver but not without encountering racism and the amputation of his left leg.
What made Carl Brashear’s story so inspiring is it speaks of a reality that after half a century later still exists. Qualified men and women continue to be overlooked because of their race, as well as a long list of other factors. Likewise, it’s a portrait of dedication to a goal, no matter the obstacles. His story and countless others have helped me stay the course when met with resistance and barriers.
If you haven’t seen the movie, I would highly recommend you do. Regardless of race, it will lift your spirit and place within you, if not already present, an unrelenting determination to “win” in whatever you aspire towards.