By Matrid Harper
The athletes from around the world have gathered in Rio de Janeiro to compete for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Medals will be awarded in events ranging from swimming to golf. Special attention will be paid to Usain Bolt, the Jamaican who is considered the fastest man on earth. Mr. Bolt will attempt to defend his title and preserve his world record.
In II Timothy 4:7-8, Paul wrote:
"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day-and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."
These verses are frequently used at memorials to highlight the accomplishments of the departed, however, there is a more powerful message in these verses for those who are yet living. To run a successful life, every believer should demonstrate the following:
- Preach the word by how we live(this should not be reserved for preachers only)
- Encourage and correct with love when necessary our brothers and sisters
- Endure life’s challenges without complaint
- Be mindful that there are silver linings behind every dark cloud
As is referenced in the Apostles Creed:
- God calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves
- God calls us to forgive others as we ask for forgiveness
- God calls us to make disciples of all men
While we celebrate and root for our favorites during the Olympics, let’s not forget that, we should use our God given talents to fight the good fight, run the race well and keep the faith in Christ Jesus. Our medal will be life eternal!