I seriously love watching amatuer athletes obliterate records and defy conventional thinking. In this year’s Olympics, I’ve dropped my teeth on more than one occassion:
- watching Ledeky become la pescada with her 800m swim that left me speechless
- seeing Simone Biles defy gravity, celebrating her epic tenacity & talent
- observing the winning exchange between Nikki Hamblin & Abbey D’Agostino in the 500m qualifying race
The Olympics this year have been very incredible in many different ways. As I’ve thought about some of stand-out moments & athletes, I asked myself the questions, “In what way would I want to be an Olympian & not just in an athletic context? How could I be an olympian person in a spiritual context?” As I thought about these questions, I remembered the story of Perpetua, a third century martyr, who died as she said, “stand fast in the faith and love one another.” I applaud the athletic achievements that have marked the Olympics this year, but may our love for Jesus and others be every bit as olympian, with the help of the Holy Spirit!