I haven't watched the summer Olympics for many years because this is the first year it has been broadcast over the Internet. We don't have T.V. We have been watching the gymnastics in the London 2012 Olympics and yesterday, Gabrielle Douglas won the Women's Artistic All-Around gold.
"I press toward the mark
for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Gabby has worked hard, pouring hours and hours into the discipline of training to reach this goal. She was only four when she learned to do a cartwheel and soon afterwards taught herself how to do a one-handed-cartwheel. By the time she was eight, she had won the Virginia State Championship. Now today, she has won the most desired award, the All-Around Gold!!
I remember the uneven parallel bars and the balance beam in high school. I loved them. When I watch a gymnast perform, I imagine I am feeling their tension and emotion as they go through their routine. God wants us to do our best for Him. He wants us to 'go for the gold!'
This summer Gabby went for the gold. Her mother was so proud of her.
This summer, three of my children are going for the gold. This mother is thrilled.
Three of my children are going to South Africa for almost five weeks on a missions trip. They will be going with our pastor and be touring (not as tourist) to orphanages, schools, churches, and villages with a missionary couple. They will see another culture and will not come back the same!! They will see how others live who do not have the luxury that the average struggling (or an American who thinks he is struggling) has. They will be singing and playing their brass instruments. They will be taking Christ to those who need to hear the gospel message.
I will sit in one of the rocking chairs on my porch and pray for my children. I will be content that I spent my life at home with them as God (not me) prepared them to 'go for the gold!' The gold crown they will each receive is far more precious than any gold medal any Olympian received in 2012!! To God be praised!!
I still loved watching the discipline of Gabby Douglas that was demonstrated this past week in the Olympics gymnastics competition. Her smile was contagious. Her perseverance demonstrated the character we should have as Christians living for God's glory.
Are your children going for the gold?? All we can do is point our children in the right direction. The rest is up to God.
In Christ Alone,
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