It’s hard to believe the Summer Olympics is over. What a ride! Oh, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat!
Do you even need to be a sports fan to appreciate and watch the Olympics? I’m mostly a fan of track and field, but I also enjoyed watching swimming, diving, gymnastics and beach volleyball.
I’ve been thinking about what makes athletic competition so captivating and inspiring. For the last two weeks we, the world, watched and cheered on the best of the best. We listened to their back stories. We celebrated. We grimaced. We even criticized, but mostly we sat in awe of the magnificence that is possible with passion, focus and persistence.
For two short weeks we witnessed mere humans do superhuman things. Seriously, how is it possible for someone to run a mile in less time than it takes me to walk out my front door to my mailbox? How do you fall down during your race, get up and finish as the winner?! How do you break records in two weeks that seemed unbreakable for years? Amazing!
Any controversy aside, I admire athletes for the sacrifices they make to reach the pinnacle of their profession. I imagine they are back home with their families now. The lessons they’ve learned about themselves on their journey is something no one can take from them.
For the Christ follower this life of faith we live is the ultimate test of endurance and our training never ends. On those days when the hurdles of life have the potential to not just slow us down, but knock us off our feet the book of James holds encouragement for us.
…count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
Count it all joy? Really?
How can God ask so much of us? We hold on to joy in times of pressure, because when we do, the end result is a deeper faith and a greater joy that can’t be taken from us.
What area of your life do you need to “count all joy” because it’s been challenging? Leave a comment and we will pray for you.
Destined to win!