There are so many nuggets of gold (sorry for the pun) that come from the Olympics. One that stands out to me is the generational aspects. The first photo above is a combination of pictures of Michael Phelps with Joseph Schooling and then the other Phelps with Katie Ledecky. These two young aspiring athletes looked up to Phelps and gave them motivation to swim and do their best with their God-given talents. Obviously, their motivation and dedication was rewarded with Olympic gold.
But, what would have happened had Phelps not been accessible or had been adverse to inspiring the next generation of swimmers? Sometimes leaders can be territorial and not inspire others to greatness because of pride. The testimony of envy is not just wanting pleasure but wanting others to fail and fall. Thankfully, these two athletes have a contrasting testimony with the rewards to show. Further, this is a great reminder to people of faith to pass along truth and life testimony to the next generation (Psalm 78:4-7).
The second picture is of Kristin Armstrong who won her third gold medal in cycling. She’s turning 43 years old, and is apparently the oldest female gold medalist since 1908. Wow, when did 43 become old? Armstrong’s finish reminds us that age is not an obstacle but comes with more opportunity and experience.
Regardless of your age – young or old – do not allow it to be a hindrance to what God puts in your heart. Stay faithful to your calling and task and through perspiration and perseverance will often come reward. O Lord, teach us to number our days and cause us to have prayersperation!
Olympic gold in sport and in life.