If you’ve been watching the 2014 Sochi Olympics as I have, you may have noticed something significantly admirable about these athletes. I’m not referring to the medal winners or their talents and abilities. I’m not just focusing on their training and hard work. All these things are indeed admirable. What I found fascinating was the attitude of the losers. Many of these athletes have been training and working hard for four years. They’ve sacrificed much to get to Sochi. Finally, when they compete in their events and make a mistake, how do they react? How would you react knowing that victory had possibly just escaped their grasp?
Whether it’s ice skating, snowboarding, or speed skating, I’ve seen a remarkable trait that all believers in Christ should strive to attain. That is the attitude of finishing. You see, many of these athletes have it built in them to finish what they’ve started. Whether it’s a hurt ankle or a clumsy slip on the ice, the race is over. However, time after time, I watch these athletes get up quietly in great understandable disappointment and finish the race. They may be in last place, but they still manage to finish. As believers, how many of us have fallen down or made mistakes? No one is perfect except Christ. It’s understandable to stay down. No one would say anything if we’d just give up. However, we need to realize that victory isn’t what place we get in the race. Victory is in how we run the race.
I heard a spectacular story about a Russian skier who broke his ski during the Men’s Sprint Free semi-finals. Without any means to continue, he started walking to the finish line. A Canadian coach ran over with a spare ski and helped him strap on a working ski so he could finish the race without walking. When asked why this coach helped an opposing teammate, his mindset was simple: it was about giving the skier dignity.
Let us have some dignity in our Christian walks. May we never give up and always strive to fight the good fight and finish the race and keep the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7-8
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up 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 loved his appearing.
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From our English Ministry Pastor Gregory Woo