I have always loved them. I got to stay up late and watch the events. I remember some amazing Olympic moments.
The dad who ran onto the track to help his son cross the finish line.
Gymnasts and divers competing on injured legs and feet to win gold.
Micheal Phelp’s swims.
These athletes that do such amazing things do not just decide willy nilly to enter the events.
They go through years of intense training to build their strength. To condition their bodies to perform.
It brings 1 Corinthians 9:24-26 to mind.
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
As followers of Christ we should have the same drive and focus. The passion and discipline.
My favorite moment of Rio 2016 (so far, but I doubt it will be topped), is when Simone Manuel tied for gold in the women’s 100-meter freestyle. Her post meet interview was my favorite part. The first words out of her mouth were giving “all the glory to God”. I want to be like that!
Our race is not a sprint, but a marathon. Running it is hard. If we start looking around instead of at the finish line, we will go off course and stumble.
Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Let us press on for the prize. Focusing on Him. Counting all else as loss.
Do you watch the Olympics? Do you have a favorite moment? Have you ever considered the lessons we can learn from the games and athletes?