August 10 – August 17, 2012
“But he who ENDURES to the end shall be saved.”Matthew 24:13
The euphoria of the two weeks of the Olympics’ in Britain has ended; the grandstands emptied and the contestants have gone their way. Some were exuberantly happy of being winners— others were depressed for either having been disqualified or having lost their events to the winners.
Considering the winners, Michael Phelps of the United States will have ended his long career as the most decorated Olympian in history.
The Internet: “Phelps will be the best medalist of all time for a while. As part of his legacy are 17 gold medals, an unprecedented dominance in any sport. The three silvers and two bronze medals will just be icing on the already sweet-tasting cake for the unflappable Phelps, as he cements his legacy as the greatest Olympian of all time.”
There is much God’s people can learn from the Olympics and the contestants for they parallel the trials and testing encountered in the true Christian way of life that must be endured and overcome to be counted worthy of being accepted by Jesus Christ when He returns to this earth.
Training for the Olympics
When studying the contestants who devoted many years in training while exerting hard enduring effort to prepare their bodies sufficiently to be accepted by the officials of the Olympics to enter their events— one could wonder what drives these people to train for such a long time and so rigorously to become the best of the best?
Considering some of their writings in which a few have expressed their thoughts reveal the answer:
Diligence, relentless drive, hard training with determination to become the best, while pursuing their dream realizing nothing is impossible if one is willing to pay the price.
Some of the same areas can be paralleled in the life of the true Christian and can be found in the booklet, “The Seven Laws of Success,” by Mr. Herbert W. Armstrong.