In August of 1991, I had the privilege of meeting two inspirational men of faith when I started working at Shaw Industries. I met Scott Sandlin and Julius Shaw. Both of these Godly men have been role models and inspirations to me and my family.

For the past 28 years, the three of us have shared work and life together. Most recently Scott completed in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. This is the toughest Ironman course in the world. Scott was running as a St Jude’s Hero to raise money for St. Jude’s Hospital. He was running to support Kiara an 11 year old cancer patient. He had a goal to raise $30,000. Scott’s family, Julius and many others have been praying for and supporting Scott in this endeavor. In order to complete in an Ironman Competition it requires countless hours of running, riding and swimming everyday. The individual has to eat properly, obtain as must sleep as possible, prepare mentally and spiritually.

In order for us to compete in the Ironman race called life, the Bible tells us in 1 Timothy 4:8 “For while bodily training is of some value, Godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and the life to come.” We must train our heart, mind, and soul to compete in the race that God has allowed us to run. It requires countless hours of Bible study and praying. The three components of a successful Christian Ironman race are to share our faith, encourage each other and serve others.

The goal was to complete the race for Kiara. Scott completed the Ironman Race in 14:28:48 which earned him a 128th place finish. He raised over $50,000 for the St. Jude’s in honor of Kiara. What a BLESSING!! I encourage you today to complete the Christian Ironman race not for yourself but for the God we serve and the God who loves us.

The first two students that read this article will receive a Zaxby’s gift card and an autograph photo of Scott.

See you Sunday.
Running for Jesus,
Youth Team
October 16 Bible study 6-7 p.m.
October 23 Bible study 6-7 p.m.
October 25 F&F 9:30-midnight