I LOVE watching the Olympics! These days, it seems to be a real conversation starter with most people. I simply ask, “What they have been watching?” and I get a list of their favorite athletes or something about the fascinating play that went on between two teams/people. Literally, the Olympics has something for everyone. Even if you’re not a sports person. There are fascinating stories about athletes and their families or learning about the culture of the host country or even the impact of the games and competition has on one another.
For me, I am inspired by the grace displayed, the nods of congratulations to an opponent and the commitment to excellence. It is not only about becoming the best at their event but the commitment to hours of practice, training, and diet! Mind, body, spirit all being aligned. Maybe, I’m connecting to the more active years of my life when I played competitive sports? Whatever the reason is, I can’t get enough hours in the day to watch. We are so fortunate today to have hours of coverage, on multiple stations and platforms.
Another reason I like the Olympics so much, is that it reminds me of the letter written to the Hebrews about running the race. “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Jesus who endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider, Jesus who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Ah, that’s it! Jesus understood life. He let nothing get in the way of his commitment to fulfilling scripture and loving God. I pray today that none who read this will be deterred from living a life that reflects the ability to fix our eyes on Jesus and soak up the joy of Jesus life, death, and resurrection for our eternal salvation. Christ the King and all who read this - may you strive for the kingdom of God and bring God’s love to life!
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,