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The Olympics and Life

Editor’s note: This blog originated as an email to the church on 2/13/18, but got lost in cyberspace on the way to the website.

 

The Olympics and Life

I love watching the Olympics, and I confess that sometimes I root against competitors from other countries so that American athletes can win medals. Am I the only one who does this?

As the old ABC intro said, when watching the Olympics we cheer the “thrill of victory” and moan “the agony of defeat” when someone falls. The Olympics are a microcosm of the ups and downs in life. Of glory and pain. Of “we made it” and “we were so close!” How does anyone handle all of these wild swings called “life?”

Last week as we looked at King David we saw that these emotional ups and downs can happen to anyone, and if we’re not careful we can let our own limited perspectives, good intentions, or “face” hinder us from seeing God as He is—the only One worthy of our whole hearted, unfettered worship and praise. Each day we have a choice to make on where we will look and who we will trust—ourselves or God.

This week we will continue this topic as we turn to our third foundation for personal and church health: prayer. We’ll see once again that because of His great love and care for us, turning to God is best option. He’s not hoping to see us fall so that others win, but is for us in all of life’s ups and downs.

The old hymn is still true today:

“What a friend we have in Jesus! All our sins and griefs to bear.
And what a privilege to carry, everything to God in prayer!”

Ready to hear more?

See you Sunday!

Pastor Jason