This morning the flame was extinguished in Sochi, Russia concluding the 2014 Olympic Games but powerful memories and amazing moments will always remain etched in history for the remainder of time. There are many stories I could talk about that would stir the depths of our spirits but one in particular I want to touch on is the amazing sacrifice of one Canadian Olympian who surrendered his golden opportunity so another could benefit. Gilmore Junio a Canadian Olympic Speedskater was like every other athlete who came to Sochi over two weeks ago was filled with excitement to represent his own country and hopefully compete for a medal. Junio had been training his whole life and especially harder the last 4 years for this chance of a lifetime to give his very best on the greatest world platform of them all for sports…
The Olympic Games are a sporting extravaganza something thousands of people dream about being in growing up and in reality only a few actually are able to reach that dream. However when the time came for the medal rounds Junio was described later as one who “…put his own lifelong dream aside to give another athlete a shot.”
Junio gave up his spot in the 1000-metre speed skating final for teammate Denny Morrison, who had fallen during the qualifying trials and failed to make the team. Morrison would end up winning the silver medal. I cannot help but think of the words of the Jewish revolutionary, the radical teacher and the amazing light Jesus who described the greatest love of all that one human can possible have towards another.
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
Years will come and go and time will continue on, medal will continue to be won in many future Olympic games…but many hearts will never forget an act of love and self sacrifice on behalf of another that Gilmore Junio displayed towards Denny Morrison.
In Jars of Clay
Ultimately our life is not our own, we only have a short window of time to make our mark on history and walk in what we were called to the earth for. When it boils down to it we have to be building our lives towards something, wisdom is to enjoy the present while at the same time planning for the future.
We must have an eternal perspective or else why live?
As the Olympian Eric Liddell the great runner who represented Britain in the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics said when he was quoting the Book of Isaiah: “So where does the power come from to see the race to it’s end from within?”
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
One of the few things each human being can share in common across the globe is that we all suffer and go through trials. But the response to those tests is what distinguishes one person from the next. Some put their trust in finances, fame, image, reputation and social networks but at the end of the day none of those things are going to make one feel fulfilled and happy in the long run. We are all jars whose framework is held together by our humanity…life is a long road and adventure of discovery to find out what fills that empty void in our own personal container. At the end of it all only the inner flame of the Spirit of Life, Ruah wind, the breath of God can fulfill that empty void. Everything else in life is a moving target that no matter how many of them you hit and reach it is never enough…
What is enough then?
Hebrew: KADOSH RUAH YAH
English Translation: “The Holy Breath of God.”
Earlier this month during this year’s Superbowl XLVIII between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos I witnessed watching the game on TV the most brilliant halftime show I have ever seen. A young budding musician named Bruno Mars who has really grown on me showcased a grand spectacle and brilliant show while the entire world watched MetLife Stadium in New York come alive in song and herald an anthem that felt to me more like a declaration towards God than a performance. Within my heart my spirit was stirred hearing some of these lyrics such as:
“Treasure…that is what you are because you are my golden star…you are my treasure, you are my treasure. You are fine so fine….TREASURE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE…YOU ARE MY GOLDEN STAR!”
I cannot help but think that this is how our heart should be postured towards God. Truly he is the treasure and the reason why we exist.
“In Him we live, move and have our being.”
Where our treasure is there our heart will be also. Let’s keep our treasure on heaven. Please listen to this song and try to look at it through different lenses.
This is my song to God
“Treasure” – Bruno Mars
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