The Olympics comes only every four years for an athlete. It represents the opportunity to become the world's best in a particular aspect of sport, on a global stage. There is personal glory and national glory...and this is sealed with a gold medal. A few athletes have claimed gold medals across more than one Olympics. This year Michael Phelps has earned gold in his third summer game. By definition only a few athletes become gold medal winners, although that is the quest of each one. As children of the eternal King we each have the opportunity of "going for the gold" and winning the gold, as well. And this event plays out each day. The race begins as we arise and select a focus for our hearts and minds for the day we are in. When we purpose to center our attention, our concerns, our hungers, and our expressions of thanks and all other human needs and emotion on God, we will capture the Gold. There is no podium here and no media coverage will be associated with the victory. But there was One who allowed Himself to be raised on a podium unlike any other about 2,000 years ago, that we might claim this Gold, in His name.
1 Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.