It\’s just about time for the 2012 Olympics! For 20 days, the world\’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 you\’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 won\’t see this day again, because you won\’t. That\’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