What Will You Do To Reach The Finish Line?

This is the second week of our DMI Team Blog. I have the honor of having some of the brightest people in the church world and business world on my team, and I thought we all could learn something from the knowledge and experience they have. I hope you enjoy this as much as we think you will. Email me at coachdave@davemartin.org and let me know what you thought of today's blog and any subjects you'd like to hear more about.


All of us here at DMI, much like everyone around the world, have been fixated on the Olympics over the past couple weeks. 

It's about so much more than just a game or an event. Sports are a microcosm of society, and they can provide endless life lessons. (Ever heard of a book called 'Another Shot'?!)  -- GET IT HERE

One night of watching Olympic coverage & following the story lines and I could have blogs for the next few months. However, I'm going to stick to one thought for now. What would YOU do to cross the finish line? 

Each athlete had to something to eventually be in position to reach the finish line. For most, it was hard work, determination, focus, and sacrifice. 

However, there are always some that do things that make them worth remembering. 

There was a U.S. runner who finished a race with a serious injury. The desire to cross the finish line outweighed any physical pain. 

Most recently in our office, we've discussed sprinter Shaunae Miller from the Bahamas, who beat out U.S.'s Allyson Felix for the gold medal in the 400m by diving head first over the finish line. 

Felix seemingly had the race and gold medal in the bag when Miller decided she was willing to do whatever it took to get first place. 

Some view this as a bold, gutsy move with a strong dedication to winning. Most just see it as cheating. 

Although the Olympics had no rule in place regarding this dive ending, it is certainly implied in a foot race that you finish on foot. 

Everyone has a choice to make. What are you willing to give up to get to your finish line? What are you willing to do, or not do, to achieve your goals? 

PS- We think it would be helpful to have Dave participate in some of these Olympic events, just as a point of reference. Comment below if you'd like to see Dave run a 100m dash, attempt an uneven bar routine, or hop in the pool with goggles and swim cap for a butterfly race!