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"Running free" Continued...

Issue: "2009 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 19, 2009

Q: You trained for years and then in a second it was all gone. It comes down to confronting reality. The reality was that I had fallen, and then what do you do next? I was in uncharted territory. Over the next several years I learned a couple things: First of all, you've got to forgive yourself. Then you begin to forgive others and you recognize that God had to forgive us for all of our sins, so He's given the most. It took some time because I was so angry after it was over that when the Olympics came on four years later I couldn't watch them. You have to allow God to work in your life-and it takes time-and then there is real healing. I wouldn't want to live it again, but my life is better for it.

Q: What did you decide to do with the rest of your life? For 36 years we've been doing running camps in a Christian atmosphere. We teach kids how to run and share Christ. I was a youth pastor for a while, which was a unique experience-great preparation for running for politics. Church politics is a lot tougher than regular politics. Eventually I ran for Congress in 1996.

Q: When you got to Washington that year you had the advantage of knowing what the spotlight is like. I had already had the experience of being on the cover and doing national interviews, so when I served in Congress that wasn't exciting.

Q: You broke with the Bush administration on No Child Left Behind and Medicare. No Child Left Behind offered more government control and took control away from local constituencies back home. Medicare Part D was a growing of the government. While I respected the president and his stance, in terms of fiscal responsibilities we differed a great deal.

Q: You lost a reelection try in 2006 and fell short again in 2008. Do you think Republicans will be able to make a congressional comeback in 2010? I hope they will learn the lesson they didn't learn while they were in the majority, which is, do not overspend.

Q: What do you plan to do over the next few years? Speaking, running camps, helping conservatives run for office, and sharing Christ every opportunity I have. Jesus has made a difference in our lives and I have only so many years left to live, so that's part of the message that Anne and I will continue to carry until the Lord calls us home.

Q: What have you learned about marriage in 40 years? Marriage is, in my opinion, the bringing together of two very selfish people who have to learn a lot about giving, and if you put Jesus at the center of that process He will help you. I know some people do it without Jesus, but I don't know how. It's got to be rough. Even with Jesus it's a challenge, but it's a rich, wonderful experience.
To hear Marvin Olasky's interview with Jim Ryun, click here.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.

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