Achieving the Gold in All We Do
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (I Thessalonians 5:11)
Well, we are a week into the Olympics with another week to go. Are you watching??? I am 🙂 I love watching the Winter Olympics. I am not sure why I do since the only winter sports I ever watch is hockey and curling. Maybe it’s the fact that I love watching all these different countries competing and their athletes performing their hardest after years of training — some succeeding and some not.
The irony for me is that I don’t get really excited about the hockey until the medal rounds. Having said that, I love the curling right from the first rock thrown. I’m not sure why curling has drawn me to the game. I never ever watched curling at all until I met my husband. Now one might say I am addicted. I do not have favorites. I am happy to watch both a man’s or woman’s curling match. If the match is on television and I am nearby, I will be watching. Over time, I have actually gotten to know what the game is all about — so much so that I can now decide what call should be made. As well, I even know when and why a thrown rock can be a mistake 🙂
But there are games that I do not often watch. I’m not much into the speed skating. It looks painful to be skating bent over the way they do. And although the figure skating appears to be lots of fun — as a hockey mom, all I can think of is how much it must hurt to land on the ice when you fall (especially since they wear no protection!!!!!!!). But I did stop for a moment and watch the young Russian girl dance in the team program. She had her performance down to a fine art. Her dance was perfect, and thankfully, the judges agreed. In contrast, the men’s singles seemed doomed from the start. I’m not sure why but it seemed like every guy fell at some point.
And the skeleton? What can I say besides acknowledging that the moms of the skeleton participants are very brave. I cannot imagine watching my child, with only a helmet for protection getting on a sled head first and flying — no let me say that again — racing down the track, twisting and turning at speeds faster then I feel safe driving my car. Oh, and let’s not forget the luge participants, or double luge. Or the top notch skiers and ski jumpers, who regularly fly through the air — I am convinced that they must know how it feels to be a bird. In all of these competitive sports, there must be a lot of prayers going on, asking our Lord God and Saviour to keep each and every one safe.
But for those that remain steadfast in their sport with their eye on the prize — therefore, winning a medal, we can all be proud. Regardless of what country one is cheering for, the moment you hear your own national anthem playing (because the athlete and their country just won gold), is a moment to be very proud indeed. This is not to suggest that silver and bronze, or even the athletes who leave the Olympics with nothing did not contribute. Each one does in their own way, and as such, deserves to be proud. And we should be proud of each and every person that competes in the Olympics too.
Still, as I sit here and watch all sorts of competitors from all over the world trying to achieve the highest award for their respective countries, I am most grateful to be a hockey mom with a little boy who also knows to keep his eye on the prize. No, I am not referring to the earthly prize(s) that the world is celebrating at the Olympics but rather the King of kings and Lord of lords who is the Gold above gold. It is He — Jesus — that makes our life a winning proposition because it is He that will be writing our names in the Book of Life.
“Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright. Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto Him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings. Sing unto Him a new song; play skilfully with a loud noise. For the Word of the Lord is right; and all His works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap: He lays up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:1-9)