The Week Of Heart

Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” –1 Samuel 16: 7 Secretariat was fast.

As one of the top three thoroughbreds of all time, Secretariat was in a class by himself. In fact, no other horse has ever run 1 1/2 miles faster than Secretariat. Of the greatest sports performances of all time, Secretariat’s run at the Belmont Stakes is ranked second only to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game by ESPN. Secretariat ran each quarter mile faster the one before it; unheard of before or since.

Like I said, Secretariat was quick.secretariat

And while Secretariat was the only horse to dawn the covers of Newsweek, Time and Sports Illustrated, his exuberance when he ran was justified only by what doctors found when he finally couldn’t; he was all heart. After suffering an incurable hoof condition, the autopsy of Secretariat revealed his heart weighed an astounding 22 pounds, the largest ever recorded for a racehorse.

I wanted to share the story of Secretariat on the heels of this weekend's Triple Crown attempt at The Belmont simply to begin a week of inward glances. Are we running the race harder than yesterday? Are we committing ourselves to spiritual and physical health with heart? If so or if not, either way, it's a new week and…we’re off!!

--Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: A week of "heart" is our focus over the next 5 days. Everybody in? Ready for a ticker inspection? What is your definition of "heart"? And what Biblical character(s) had it? Who comes to mind? I'm smiling as I type these questions because I'm so excited about our topic. Have a great day everyone. Give it everything. Praying for you guys.

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