What’s your favorite part of the Summer Olympics? The pageantry of the opening ceremony? Swimming and diving? Gymnastics? Boxing? Fencing? Beach volleyball? (I won’t tell your wife!) Or maybe your favorite is my favorite…track and field.
The official song chosen for the 2012 Summer Games is “Survival” by Muse. Some of the lyrics say:
Race, life’s a race
And I am gonna win
Yes, I am gonna win
Life does seem that way, doesn’t it. It’s not a sprint but a long distance race. There are times to speed up and times to jog. Oh, and the race can get strategic, too. When do you make your move to get little ahead? But, above all, you must endure to finish.
And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Hebrews 12
In the Bible racing is used as an analogy for living life. It’s not winning that is so important. After all, in a race there’s only one person who crosses the finish line first, only one gold medal. What’s important is finishing, persisting to the end. You do so by keeping your eyes on Jesus. Looking to him, you’ll discover the faith and desire and resolution to finish.
How’s your race going? Are you feeling the energy? Or, are your legs heavy today? Just try to keep moving, the objective is to endure. If you get to feeling like you can’t go on, look up…keep your eyes on Jesus.
Here’s the official Muse song “Survival” Olympic athlete montage
***Coverage of the 2012 Summer Olympics begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. on NBC
Meghan Vogel, a junior runner at a high school in West Liberty, Ohio, had just won the 1600-meter title at the girls state meet. But it’s what she did in her next race that is most remarkable. With about 20 meters to go in the 3200-meter race, Arden McMath, a sophomore from another school who Meghan had never even met, collapsed in front of her. Rather than run by the competitor, Meghan helped her to her feet and carried her across the finish line. And, Meghan made sure she kept Arden ahead of her. That was a remarkable act! That was a compassionate act.
Compassion is a sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Meghan was a compassionate person. She saw another runner in distress and she not only had the desire to alleviate it…she acted.
When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. Luke 7
In this incident a funeral procession was leaving a village as Jesus approached. A widow’s only son had died. When Jesus saw her, he felt immense compassion for her. “Don’t cry!” he told her. Then Jesus acted; he did what he could do. He walked over to the coffin and touched it. “Young man,” he said, “get up.” The dead boy sat up and began to talk! Jesus gave him back to his mother. Jesus felt compassion…then he acted.
What do you think of compassion like that? Not only would Jesus be that compassionate toward you, but he could show you how to be that compassionate toward others. Maybe you can’t raise people from the dead, but maybe you could help someone over the finish line.