Monthly Archives: February 2014

Greater than Gold

gold medalThe Olympic flame was extinguished at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday.  The athletes have since loaded up their equipment and headed for home, while we, the viewers, have returned to our favorite sitcoms, crime dramas, and reality shows.  Chances are, most of us won’t think much about snow sports and ice skating competitions until the winter of 2018.

But before we put these Olympic games completely on ice, take a moment to watch this video from skating gold medal winner, Scott Hamilton. Even if you don’t remember his spectacular Men’s performance in 1984, you’ll likely still recognize his voice as the skating commentator from these, and many previous, winter games. 

You may have already picked up his story on social media like I did, but if not, it’s certainly worth 10 minutes of your time.  Please don’t see this as only an inspiring account of another overcomer.  See yourself in his story.  Remember that a life of faith chooses to believe and trust God, whether you can understand His purpose or not. So as you watch, contemplate this question…

What possible purpose does God have for the obstacles in your life?  

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
~ 1 Peter 1:6-7

 

Lessons from a Fall

American figure skater Jeremy Abbott came to the Sochi Olympics sporting an impressive pedigree. As four time US National champion and current title holder, he was considered to be in contention for a medal for the Men’s skating title that was held last week.  However, that dream evaporated in an instant when the blade of […]

3 Olympic Attitudes for Christians

The Olympics in Sochi, Russia just got underway last week. No doubt many of you have been watching as the ice skating competitions have just begun to unfold. Most of us have probably imagined what it would be like to be awarded such a title, but few have any real understanding how much of a […]

All Access

Just recently, I had the privilege of serving with a fantastic group of volunteers (doorholders as we are called – see Psalm 84:10) at Passion 2014 – a gathering of 20,000 college age students who paused for two days to be encouraged in the Lord and lift up the name of Jesus. Hours before the […]