The Olympic Games are underway in Rio. Each time the games come around, we have the opportunity to see the athletes from various nations around the world assemble for competition. The highlight of many athlete’s career comes as they step onto the world stage for their moment to show their best.
It is fascinating just how many different sports and athletes there are. Some that can run, swim or cycle long distances. Others do the same things very quickly over short distances. There are Individual events where the athlete stands alone as well as team competitions where athletes have to work together. Jumping, ball handling, rowing, diving, boxing, shooting, the list of events and talents goes on and on. It goes so quickly there isn’t time to take it all in, but in each games there are certain athletes that capture our attention and win our hearts. We watch because we love to see the grace and perfection of the athletes.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews was aware of athletic competition. He uses a race as a metaphor of the life of discipleship.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-1)
No matter how flexible or strong, no matter how old or how young, we can all successfully participate in the life of faith. As we train our hearts and minds and tune our habits, we can see the grace and perfection of Christ evident in our lives as well.
See you in church,
Pastor Steve Larsen
Things to pray for:
• Pray that the Olympic Games go smoothly and safely for all participants, organizers and spectators.
• Ask God to help three other persons who you feel need God’s help today. .
• Ask God to help Calvary United Methodist Church to know how best to serve God and this community.