The road to anywhere

Dr. James Spinnati



You need to know that the road to anywhere starts where you are right now. I see so many negatives on Facebook every day.

You have seen them too, “I hate my life.” “Why does everything go wrong in my life?” “Why am I being punished; I can never catch a break?”

If you feel this way, it is past time that you count the positives in your life. Number one; you are alive and can change direction if you have the get up and go and the desire. Negatives won’t get you anywhere except to your own pity party. It is time to look up instead of down! It is in your hands.

We can see how true this was in the life of Wilma Rudolf. She was the 20th out of 22 children, born to a struggling handy man. At the age of four, she was stricken with Scarlet Fever and double pneumonia. That disease left her left leg paralyzed.

In fact, it was so bad that they fitted her with a leg brace and told her parents that she would never walk normally again. What did Wilma do? Did she mope around feeling sorry for herself? Did she “cry the blues” to her friends and family? No, she determined that she was going to walk! No one helped her. No one coddled her or begged her to go to therapy because she didn’t have the convenience or money for therapy.

In an interview Wilma said, “I kept cheating. I’d sneak away and take off the brace and test my leg. She would do this on a daily basis because of self-will and determination.

What happened? She was walking normally by the age of ten. She played basketball in school at 13! At the age of 16 Wilma Rudolf made the United States Olympic team! She even ran with the Olympic relay team in Melbourne, Australia. The rest of the story is public knowledge. She won three gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter individual events and the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy.

This same Wilma Rudolph, who was told she would never walk without a leg brace, was acclaimed the fastest woman in the world in the 1960’s and became the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympic Games. Wilma became an international star. In 1962 Rudolph retired from competition at the peak of her athletic career as the world record-holder in the 100- and 200-meter individual events and the 4-by-100-meter relay. The girl who was never supposed to walk normally again had her picture on a U.S. postage stamp and a movie made of her life.

In the Christian perspective, the road to anywhere has been opened for us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The only one who blocks the road to anywhere is you. When one is in Christ they are equipped to accomplish great things. In fact all the power of the universe is behind them.

Why would anyone want to be a ho-hum Christian? Why would anyone settle for less? The Apostle Paul didn’t settle for less and neither should you! Paul knew that all things are made brand new in Christ Jesus. He knew where his strength lies.

That strength wasn’t Paul and it isn’t you; it is in Christ Jesus. Paul knew the true road. He said, “I no longer live, but Christ lives within me.” He knew that he could do ALL things through Christ Jesus who strengthened him. Hey Christian that same strength is available to you. The road to anywhere has been cleared. All you have to do is get on it and start trucking!


Dr. James Spinnati