Live Like An Olympian!
June 25, 2012 by Admin
Filed under Publisher's Blog | First Things First with Roland T. Hairston, II, The Walk
Itâ€™s just about time for the 2012 Olympics! For 20 days, the worldâ€™s best athletes will showcase their abilities in an effort to win Gold: high jumpers, archers, basketball players, sprinters, cyclists, swimmersâ€¦each athlete will give his all!Â Each athlete has devoted years of their lives in order to execute in these defining moments.
Like the Olympics, life is a race complete with rules and an umpireâ€”God. The point is very obviousâ€”but I hope youâ€™ll take a minute today to pause and consider these three simple lessons from the Olympics:
1. The Race Ends
Life (on this side) is not infinite. Are you living today as though each moment were precious? As though you wonâ€™t see this day again, because you wonâ€™t. Thatâ€™s not good or badâ€”it just is. If you live this life with the awareness that there is a finality to it, then you’ll know not to get too down on your bad days or too careless on your good days because after allâ€¦the race ends.
2. There Are Rules
It would be convenient for the second place 100-meter sprinter to say, â€œJust move the finish line out another 20 meters so I can catch up.â€ Or, for the faulting high jumper to say, â€œWell, I thought I jumped high enough to miss the poleâ€¦give me a do-over.â€ Nope! There are rules in sports and in life. One rule is â€œAs long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvestâ€ (Genesis 8:22).Â Â Our actions have reactions that we have to live with so we should live soberly.
3. The Judge Rules
There is a judge and I’m not it…you’re not either. He knows all and sees all. He never misses a call or rules in favor of the wrong team. He is perfect and His decisions are perfect and finalâ€”no instant replay here! Friend,Â ”each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment” (Heb. 9:27). A time is coming when we’ll stand before that gleaming judgement seat so let’s live like olympiansâ€”disciplined and focusedâ€”preparing our entire lives for our brief, fleeting season so that when we go home, we can enjoy our prize.
Let’s consider our actions and strive to live in a way that is Godly and good, or to quote Scripture:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. 25Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified. â€”Â 1 Corinthians 9:24-27