Today's Devotional Thought
July 31, 2012 by Rachel Piferi
I absolutely love the Olympics. I love watching the amazing athletes and their physical prowess. I love the stories behind each competition. I love watching the parents and friends of each Olympian in the stands just cheering them on. I love when the little underdog country that has never won a medal before finally wins their first Olympic medal.
I absolutely love the Olympics.
And, as I was watching last night, I was overcome by emotion a couple of times as I watched the loved ones of the athletes. There is absolutely nothing more precious to me than watching the reactions of the people who have come with each athlete.
The squeals of excitement and joy when their son or daughter or sister or brother or friend wins.
The heartbroken sadness and undying support when they lose.
There is no one who gets to that level of competition without someone behind them. Someone pushing them, coaching them, stretching them, cheering for them, believing in them, mentoring them, admonishing them, and supporting them.
Someone loving them.
Good or bad. Win or lose. They have someone in their corner helping them get up when they fall. Rejoicing with them when they rejoice. Weeping with them when they weep.
It is not all that different than what we experience in life.
I dare say none of us are future Olympic hopefuls. But, the race that we are running as Christian women sure feels like Olympic training. And in the Olympic coliseum of my life, I am so grateful that I have people in the stands who the camera can pan to as my cheering section. People who push me, coach me, stretch me, cheer for me, believe in me, mentor me, admonish me, and support me.
People who love me.
I would simply not get through this competition of life without them.
I pray that you also have this life cheering section. And I pray today that each one of us could look for ways that we can be that for others. That we can be on the stands of other peoples' lives, cheering them on to the day when they receive their prize for a life well lived.
No one can do it alone.
Not Olympic athletes.
And not you or me.