Olympic Games Teach Us About New Things
by Noah Hefley
July 31, 2021
Are you like me? I am really enjoying the 2020 Summer Olympic Games! Truly, I love it! I look forward to the Games every 4 (or 5) years—and this one has not disappointed. Every day we get to see amazing athletes from around the world perform to their best ability in gymnastics, swimming, diving, track & field, soccer, rowing, fencing, volleyball, water polo, canoeing, cycling, and so forth. Heroes emerge in the games as gold medal winners like Carissa Moore (surfing), Lee Keifer (fencing), Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky (swimming), Sunisa Lee (gymnastics). These are just a few of our USA Olympic champions (to date).
Something else I have enjoyed this year is the addition of New Olympic Events. Some are for the first time and others brought back for this time. I love these new sports like skateboarding, surfing, sports climbing and karate. Also, I like bringing back softball and baseball. And I like the addition of 3 x 3 basketball. It’s been fun. By the way, there’s more to come. In the 2024 Paris Olympic Games they are adding—are you ready for this—Breakdancing! (I kid you not)! Some of you may need to brush up on your moves—this may be your shot at getting in the Games!
I think it’s kind of exciting the idea of adding new things to existing things. It suggests growth and progress. Interestingly, the Bible says the same thing about our spiritual lives. We need to avoid stagnation and strive for growth. Here’s what the Apostle Peter said, “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:5-8).
The word of God urges us to add new things to existing things. These new things account for spiritual growth in our life—and that’s a good thing! So it begs the question: What’s new with you? (Think about it).
It is exciting to grow—add new things—in our life with Jesus! Yeah, it’s even better than any sporting events…Can I get an AMEN?!
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