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Olympic Mile - Team Glory
The Human Race
When the Olympics are going on, people become really pumped, and with good reason! I love cheering for Canada, we are patriotic if nothing else.
I love to watch racing, I get such a heart pounding edge of my seat thrill, anxiously waiting to see who wins! It seems so dangerously fast, but exciting at the same time. Today’s culture is constantly in a race it seems. If you watch people around you sometimes especially in bigger cities, you'll notice they are always trying to get from point A to point B as fast as humanly possible! It could be said that the most important race, is the human one.
On a trip to Africa in 2013, I learned that they have a slower way of life. Called, "Pole Pole," Pronounced, "pawlay pawlay." Which means slow slow. The African people say, "time is a suggestion." We live by our watches in North America, and everything is based on time and scheduled to the last minute. It's no wonder we have so much heart disease we rarely take time to rest, which affects a lot of other things, such as what we eat.
Olympians spend years perfecting their sport, and then they are put to the test, they have one chance to get it right. The pressure!
Sometimes we get so bogged down with the things of life, struggling to get somewhere, and forget that life is a journey, as is the life of an Olympian.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” - Hebrews 12:1
It's not always about getting there, it's the journey. You pick up some things along the way, and leave some things behind. Lessons are learned, victory's are won, defeats are had. Sometimes when we get to where we want to be, we forget all about what it took to get there, and why we were looking to get there in the first place.
Junio's Inspiring Sacrifice
- Feel-good Olympic storylines turning Sochi into Canada’s Games | Toronto Star
Gilmore Junio's sacrifice of his spot to a teammate is the latest example of Canada’s near-monopoly on inspiring narratives.
No Victory Without Fighting
Any goal worth having is going to take work. We would never know victory without a battle. If you only had to practice one day, and claimed victory over the next, it wouldn't have as much meaning, as something that took years to obtain. Some things are worth waiting for....patience is key in the race of life.
Often with goals, there comes frustration..... we can become lost beyond all measure so we give up. We have to remember that it's a walk not a sprint. It takes an Olympian years of consistency in training to perfect their sport. This reminds me of our spiritual race as well. I am constantly reminded of how weak I am in my walk with God. In our spiritual weakness we need God to keep us going, his word, and constant communication to keep us on the right track. Just as an Olympian needs a coach, someone to cheer them on, chastise them, and believe in them, we need God.
I’m looking to continue on this race called life, and my goal is set on eternity, where my reward waits. But I won’t forget to remember and enjoy the journey, and life’s little lessons along the way.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” - 1 Corinthians 9:24
“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” - 2 Timothy 4:7
Let's keep the faith, and keep cheering on our Canadian Olympians that make us proud.