I wish you Love…from” The Power of Attitude”

by Mac Anderson August 1992. Derrick Redmond from Great Britain was covered to win the 400-meter race during the summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. But as he powered around the backstretch his hamstring snapped. Derrick tried desperately to finish the race, but he still had half the distance to go. Because he could’t walk, he began to hop. One step-a grimace, Two steps-a yell.


Jim Redmond had to get to his struggling son. He doesn’t remember all the steps down from Section 131, Row 22, Seat 25 of the Olympic Stadium. He doesn’t really remember leaping over the railing or pushing off security guards who were too stunned to stop him, He was not just a spectator at Olympics anymore; Jim Redmond was a father, and he had to get to his son.”Dad, Derrick said, “Dad…Get me back to lane five. I want to finish.”
And leaning on each other, father and son made thier way areound the track as the crowd, with the whole world watching, rose to their feet cheering. Olympic organizers can light the skies with fireworks, they can invite kings and queens.. but this was the magic of real life.
That day people saw an example of great courage, but they witnessed an even greater story about love.
Love, simply stated, is the essence of life. It can put the smile on your face, the bounce in your step, and most importantly, the joy in your heart. Even when your whole world is crumbling around you, one person holding your hand, looking into your eyes, saying “I love you” is enough to get you through.
Love is to attitude as the rain is to flowers. Surround yourself with people who love you, and whom you can love back. This, more than anything else you can do, will provide the music for your life and the fuel for your soul……..(Happy Valentines Day…..dj)


13 thoughts on “I wish you Love…from” The Power of Attitude””

  1. I love this story, Dj. Thanks for sharing a true tale of love and courage. The statement above that states, “one person’s holding your hand, looking into your eyes and saying, ‘I love you’, is enough to get you through” reminds me of Ps.143:8. I wrote a song paraphrasing this Psalm that calls to mind the unfailing LOVE of the Lord for us, whether it’s Valentine’s day or on a Tuesday. It goes like this.



    Jesus is our Valentine. And tomorrow when the red Valentine merchandize is marked down 50-75%, the love of the Lord will still be full price….The shedding of His precious blood, for LOVE’s sake.

  2. “Jim Redmond was a father and he had to get to his son”. What a courageous father who loved his son! Thanks, DJ, I think we should surround ourselves with people we can love and will love us back.

  3. This is a good relationship lesson. I was thinking about that son. He was faced with a sudden tragedy and in his hour of need did not have the ability to run to someone else for help. Thank God his father ran to him. And the son responded to the father’s gesture by humbling himself and requesting help to finish his course. I bet their relationship grew closer and more meaningful as a result of this interplay.

  4. DJ,
    I love this illustration, of love and courage. This makes me think of my Heavenly Father, who could have “rescued” His one and only Son, from a cruel cross, but because of the love He had for a lost and dying world, He left Him there to shed His precious blood, so that all could come to know Him.

  5. The Power of Attitude (state of mind toward something) brings to my remembrance the attitude(s) I must have toward Jesus Christ, among confess my sins, obey Him, follow Him, is IMITATE Him! I Peter 3:21 “For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.”

    I think this story tells us that we are to help, encourage and spur on one another so we can ‘run the race that has been set before us.’

  6. After my mother’s funeral on Friday, I am further encouraged to show love to others. I heard over and over again that my mom constantly poured out love for her students in the classroom, for her family and friends, and even when she began battling cancer, she continued to pour out this love. Also, Rena showed Christ’s love to my mom by sending a card practically everyday while my mom was sick. Although my mom was never able to write back, she appreciated them so much and told me how uplifting they were to her.
    When I saw how many people attended her funeral (over 300 at least), I realized how much of an impact one person can have on many different people. She had only been teaching a short period of time, but had made such an impact on her students.
    Also, even though I have not stayed continually updated with the Daily Lily, I am grateful for the support and encouragement from this website and CCI. While I do not understand why my precious mother had to die at such a young age, I know that God has a plan for this and can already see how it is bringing people closer to each other. Thank you all again for your support and prayer throughout all of this. I pray that you will continue to show Christ’s love through this website and the church.

  7. Heather, my sympathy to you and your family.

    What a beautiful love story of your Mother and her love for others. I have heard it said that as we draw closer to our departure from earth and closer to our presence with Jesus we become more like Him and that is love. What a beautiful example of love your Mother was and that love will remain in the hearts and minds of others always.

    When one sees you and your love, care and concern for others as well as your beautiful smile, that too says something beautiful about your lovely Mother. She has given to others another beautiful gift. She has given you and your brothers.

    I, agree with you Heather, it is hard to understand the whys when we lose someone at such a young age. But, being blessed to have Faith in Jesus Christ and His prefect ways and His unchanging love will bring the comfort and healing that is now so needful for those that remain.

    Our thoughts,prayers, and love are with you and your family at this time. Thanks for sharing your Mother’s life with us.

  8. Heather, my sympathy also goes to you and your family along with prayers that you will be comforted and strengthened at this time. May you be filled with God’s peace.
    Thank you for sharing about the impact your mother had on so many people. What a beautiful ‘garden’ your mother leaves behind. One that is filled with many colors and varieties of flowers that are growing and blooming because of the seeds she so lovingly sowed into their lives.

  9. Heather…..there is a true circle that never is broken it only gets larger and that is the circle of love and life…that of which all who belong to Christ Jesus is a part of ..it gets larger here and in Heaven and up in Heaven there is a glorious great cloud of witnesses that are cheering us on constantly in that love and now one more has been added….I too extend my prayers and sympathy along with the Lilies……..dj

  10. Dear Heather I ask that the Lord strengthen you and encourage you and your family through this time of great loss. It thrilled my heart to hear how many came to say farewell to your Mom. She truly blossomed where she was planted. Your father said to me at your wedding that all you are is due to your Mother. Lord we give thanks for all that she did to pour out into each one she touched. On Sunday while praising the Lord I again saw heaven like unto a big amphitheater. I always see heaven like this and my parents were there praising the Lord. As I looked in the spirit I saw a tall browned haired lady slip in beside my Mom. I knew immediately that it was Susan, your Mom. She was happy and praising the Lord. I thought she found my Mom and this was her very first Sunday to be with Jesus. My prayers are for now for you and your family. The rest of the dailylilies join me in these prayers.

  11. Heather, although I have not yet met you, I have loved you through Rena’s eyes and heart. Now, I join with my fellow lilies in expressing deep sympathy and consolation at the passing of your wonderful mother, Susan. Rena encouaged our hearts when she told us that she had seen in the Spirit your mother joining her mother in Heaven for their first Sunday worship of Jesus Christ the Son of God Almighty King. What a celebration! What a homecoming. What solace and encouragement for your heart and your family’s heart.
    All the old, spiritual addages that we sort of overlook in our every day lives suddenly come alive at a time like this and bring us comfort and truth. That we will understand it all when we see Jesus. That He will wipe away all tears. That nothing will be impossible with Him. Amen and Amen.
    God give you strength and heart peace during this difficult time. God Bless you and Erick and Susan’s whole family.

  12. Heather, I am so sorry to here about your mother. I know it is very difficult. Cancer is an unmerciful disease. Your precious mother is now at peace. She is in glory. When I think about this wonderful lady, I praise God above for the lives that she touched. I think about Heather’s mother sitting at Jesus’s feet and worshiping our Father, face to face. What an awesome end to the race she ran daily. Seeing Jesus at the finish line holding a beautiful crown with her name on it. WOW!! Awesome!! Never sick again. No more pain. Just glory for a glorious women who never lost faith. Rev. 21:4 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. ALL THESE THINGS ARE FOREVER.” I was talking with one of my friends about this subject and she told me a story about her Grandfather. She said when her Grandfather died, her Grandmother was all alone crying. Her Grndmother looked up and saw her husband standing in front of her with Jesus holding him. She said her Grandfather never looked at his wife, he never took his eyes off Jesus. Jesus looked at her and told her that her tears were for her and that her husband was with him(Jesus) now. What an awesome story! Knowing that our loved ones are being held in Jesus’ arms. Death is not the end but the beginning of eternity. God Bless you and your family, Heather. I know your beautiful mother will be missed, until you see her again at the feet of our Father.

  13. Heather,
    Although, I never met your mother, I am inclined to think of her, as a “Proverbs 31 woman”. Proverbs 31: 25-31 “She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: ‘There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!’ Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”
    Heather, may you find comfort today; as you ponder on the wonderful woman, your mother was. May God be your counselor, as you grieve the loss of this special lady.

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