Run Ahead - Boaz Ko

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  Many people resemble Fool Ondaal, and I wonder if I am one of them. Such a person has been living side by side with a woman like Princess Pyeonggang for more than 30 years. No matter how many times I think about it, we are so different. I think that's why we met so well. When we live together as a couple, one of us tends to run forward and the other tends to look back.

  We've grown to understand and accept each other's cracks and chips, but we often argued. Of course, the astute reader will know which one of us was the one who kept looking ahead. I was the one who ran ahead. But one thing changed at some point. I became "the one who runs ahead". 

  Our lives are meant to be lived in this world from the moment we are born on this planet Earth. Whether we crawl, crawl, walk, run, ride in a car, or sail in a boat, we must look ahead. Of course, it's also necessary to look to the left and right and to look behind you. But I think it's only a reference or a necessity. When the race starts, the athlete must look ahead. There is not enough time to look back. 

  Your speech at the 2011 Pennsylvania graduation ceremony has been making the rounds on the internet. Denzel Washington, a personal favorite of mine, delivered it. Even the short title conveys a strong message. "Fall Forward," he told the students, who were about to graduate and enter the workforce, to fall forward when they fall, as they will fall many times in their life's journey. As a black actor, it is even more touching to think of the mountains he must have overcome to become a famous actor.

  All of us Christians, including myself, have to drive on the highways of this world as people of faith. Moreover, today's world is a high-speed world. It seems that if you take your eyes off the road, you will be knocked back or pushed away. In such a world, we will inevitably fail and fall, and I am reminded of Denzel Washington's advice to fall forward, because if you fall forward, at least you can see and know why you fell. 

  With this turning point in my thinking, I decided to look ahead and run. I especially remember the confession and testimony of an apostle who confessed at the end of his life. "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith" (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV), and the writer who had stepped in Paul's missionary footsteps, even if he fell for the sake of the mission, was seen as a great man. What is even more amazing is that after he met Christ, he lived a life in which he did not boast of anyone but Christ Jesus. It seems that through such a life, he realized and knew how to fall forward and live.