I love to watch the Olympics. They represent high drama in sport. They are a pinnacle of athletic competition where the very best athletes compete for personal and national pride. They reflect untold hours of training, personal sacrifice, stories of injury and recovery. Often there are surprising results from unknown athletes to match the dominant achievements of proven stars. The Olympics are a premier stage for special people who strive to reach the podium of top three performers in their respective events. It occurs that we each have a stage and a podium to aspire to even if we are not stellar athletes. And the gold medals are not restricted to only one person per competition. In life, as we face the challenge of choices, we compete on a daily basis and across the seasons of living. We have the opportunity of winning and taking the top level on the podium when we lay down self and look up to God. The heart of the competition is found in our hearts and minds, where we must decide whom we will serve, what we are living for, and why we are here. The Olympics are precious because they occur for a limited time period. Our lives are also precious, here on earth's stage, because they also run for a limited time. We claim gold when we bow before the Lord and accept the prize He has already won for us...and then step up one day to the ultimate podium in Heaven!
1 Corinthians 9:24 Don't you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.