Tim Hague Sr. overcame the odds when he went from a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease to - just three years later - becoming the inaugural winner of CTV's The Amazing Race Canada. Tim's message of strength and courage leaves audiences motivated to meet life's challenges and do more than they ever thought they could.
The race is definitely one of the biggest highlights in Tim's life. To him, it ranks 4th on his list: God, wife, children and the Amazing Race Canada. It was the most exhausting time of his life, the most exciting time of his life and one of the most difficult (physically) times of his life. Tim is the first person to ran the race with Parkinson's disease with the help of his son and the grace of God.
Tim and his son, Tim Hague Jr., put their now-trademark perseverance to work while participating as a duo on The Amazing Race Canada. While the pair finally came out on top in the last competition of the race, they had never before won any stages and in fact had nearly been eliminated from the show twice. Despite the odds, "The Tims" as viewers affectionately dubbed them, kept their focus on overcoming one obstacle at a time to take the championship, a message of hope that Tim draws on in his talks.
Through the platform of Amazing Race Canada, many doors began to open for Tim Sr. He has been invited to speak in school rooms and board rooms. It gave him an opportunity to speak on perseverance - a big word that most people don't want to talk about because it is often associated with bad things or hard things. Yet Tim often reminds people that God does not let bad things happen to us for no reason. We can choose how to live with it. We can choose to live positive or to live under it.
In the scriptures, we will find that suffering leads to perseverance. Difficulties should teach us how to continue on and persevere. It builds up our determination to go on with little or even no success.
As we persevere, God will develop our character and our roots go deep. We will become who we should be in Christ. And as we do that, we will find the amazing thing call "hope".
We can be all that we are meant to be when we allow suffering walk us through the road of persevering, if we allow preserving to deepen our character and through deeper character, you will find hope. We have been called to persevere.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil 4:13 (NKJV)