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00329 - The Fosbury Flop

Born in 1947 and part of the USA Olympic team in 1968, Dick Fosbury completely changed how competitors did the high jump. Historically people used to jump forward, leg outstretched, over the bar. Fosbury’s method involved the same run-up, but at the last moment, he twisted backwards, jumped up and arched his back over the bar. He broke the world record and an Olympic gold medal for his 2.24m jump.

Romans 12:2 says, ‘Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.’ (TLB)

The point is, don’t be afraid if you are different or if you do things differently. There may well be a better way of doing something, so go for it, launch out in faith and have a go. The results of your actions could be beyond your wildest dreams.


Doing things differently can produce amazing results if you only try.


Father, fill my mind with ideas of what I could do in your Kingdom. Amen.

Action Point

Think about the things you do which could be done better and attempt to change them for everyone’s benefit.

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(TLB) The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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