Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic Spirit

Been catching the Olympics each night for a little while. I am just so amazed at the performances of people like Micheal Phelps and Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Piersol among others. The dedication and drive that they display is awe inspiring.

For a couple of weeks these people who we do not hear about for the most part of 4 years suddenly dominate our viewing pleasure. It is great theater and NBC is doing a pretty decent job.

As I was thinking about the Olympics, I wondered about the pain and work and sacrifice that these people go through waiting for their chance at history. So it made me wonder.

How about Jean Basson, Ashley Delaney, and Gemma Spofforth. Do any of you know who these people are? Well I can say that I didn't but what I know about them is this. For at least the last 4 years they have trained just as hard and just as long as anyone else that swam yesterday and they also had a dream. They wanted to win a medal. Well those three were the 3 4th place finishers in the three big races that we saw last night. Fourth place! Wow, that is tough. One of them lost out on a medal by 4 100ths of a second.

Today we celebrate the medal winners but perhaps we should remember those others who worked and dreamed of their Olympic Moments. The invisible competitors, the least and the last and the lost.

Hey! Doesn't that remind you of something? The least the last and the lost are the people we are called to reach. It is not always the popular people or the rich people or the elite people that we are to go tell the story to but instead it is also to people like Jean Basson, Ashley Delaney, and Gemma Spofforth. People who have dreams but perhaps life is beating them down.

Go tell them the story.

1 comment:

Questing Parson said...

I always celebrate that in the Olympics so many come who know they have absolutely no chance to get a medal, but being there and competing is their glory. I think it was Gloria Gaither who said, "Sometimes God calls us to show up, and that's as glorious as it gets."