Tonight Colleen and I will watch the 3-hour Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics from London, England along with more than one billion people from around the world. That’s going to take a real wide-screen TV! This grand production is projected to cost 42.4 million and will involve 10,000 adult volunteers, 900 children and various animals from horses to sheep!
The procession of nations into Olympic Stadium culminating in the lighting of the Olympic Flame will include more than 15,000 athletes and coaches from 205 countries! For the next two weeks these athletes will compete for gold in 26 different Olympic sports! My favorites? Badminton and Rhythmic Gymnastics! (Just kidding) I’m a Track and Field guy!
You may not have the qualifications to be an Olympic athlete but God has most certainly called you to be an Olympic Christian! In Philippians 2:13, the Apostle Paul says, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Are you dragged down by your past or looking forward to the future? Are you just jogging through life or pressing on with all your strength? What are your real goals? Are they worthy of the One who has promised you heaven?
One of my all-time favorite Olympic athletes is the Ukrainian pole-vaulter, Sergey Bubka. During his long career he won an Olympic Gold Medal, many world championships, was the first to clear 20 feet and set the world record a total of 35 times! Once Sergey was asked how he managed to consistently pole-vault so high. He said, “I throw my whole heart over the bar and the rest of my body follows.”
Friends, as you enjoy watching the Olympics this summer ask yourself, “Am I throwing my whole heart over the bar for Jesus?” That is how ordinary people do extraordinary things that transform this world that God loves! Let us run the race for Jesus all the way to the finish line!