It is once again time for the Olympic games. After our experience in 1996 I almost feel sorry for the people of London!
There is something, though, about seeing the best at anything compete. You don't have to understand a competition to know that those who compete at this level are masters of their craft.
Features will fill-in the back stories of these athletes and their quest for gold. It is truly amazing to see teens and young adults who have sacrificed "normal" life- dating, dances, college, jobs, family in a single-minded pursuit to be the best. For the rest of their lives they will be known as "Olympic competitor," "Olympic medalist," and the fortunate few as "Olympic gold medal winner"
Maybe we can watch and learn something about what it takes to be the best. What will it cost me to be a better spouse, parent, friend, co-worker, follower of Christ? Paul uses the imagery of a runner when he states, "But this one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."