I don’t know what is is about Olympic years. But there must be something in the air.
I spring out of bed like a world-class gymnast, slide down the hallway in my stocking toes like a graceful skater, and time myself to see if I can break my personal tooth-brushing record.
(Okay, maybe I made up the last one. But the first two, totally happen on a frequent basis.)
The Olympics just make me want to be great. That’s all there is to it.
When I watch humans who have spent their entire lives training for one moment, my heart soars with inspiration, and desires to live just as beautifully.
Fight the Good Fight
Olympic years aren’t easy. Just ask athletes who have suffered broken bones, shattering disappointments, broken friendship, and broken hearts. Yet, despite it all, they continue to skate, snowboard, ski, dance – whatever it is they were made to do.
They do it, and they do it, and they do it, until they finally reach their destiny. They parade into the Olympic arena and realize the moment they’ve been waiting for their entire lives is happening right now.
Pretty intense stuff, right?
Olympic years can’t help but remind me of the words of Apostle Paul. He was well antiquated with ancient Olympic culture. In fact, some scholars believe that in Acts 18:3, Paul was working to make tents for Olympic athletes. During Olympic years, there was a huge influx of people, and all the athletes needed tents to sleep in, as they were far from their home towns.
We can’t know for sure whether Paul made tents for Olympian’s or not, but it’s clear that Paul had a firm understanding of how intensely athletes trained for competition.
“Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:25)
An Everlasting Prize
A crown that will last forever.
Greater than bronze, silver, or gold, the prize we’re aiming for, is far more valuable than Olympic victory.
Olympic athletes understand a thing or two about sacrifice. They know what it means to persevere and press on. They know the secret of single-mindedness, and being relentless about reaching their goal. They know how to overcome disappointment, trails, and setbacks.
They carry the mindset of victors…and so can we.
The Bible constantly admonishes us to fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen (2 Corinthians 4:8), and passionately pursue the things God cares about.
We’re called to pour every ounce of our hearts out, in a sacrifice of love to the King of Kings, as we reach our full and maximum potential in life!
We were created to bring glory to the King of Kings. What could possibly be a more noble call then that?!
Friend, let your Olympic year be great. Do whatever it is that you do to touch this world in a unique way, be it through writing, singing, skating, or serving orphans. And do it wholeheartedly!
Bring it ALL to the games, and hold nothing back. Press past fear, disappointment, failure, and every obstetrical that might try to stop you from pouring out every last ounce of PASSION and ENERGY for the King of Kings.
We have one goal. One prize. One crown.
Sister, you were made to be a champion. You were made to bring Him glory. You were made to win.
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