“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.”
Once every four years the world focuses their attention on the summer Olympic Games. This year will be no different as the Games open tonight in London. Hopefully, the next few weeks will be filled with peaceful coming together for healthy competition among countries who have sent their best athletes to represent them and compete for the coveted Olympic Medals. In about two weeks we will all be exhausted from staying up late watching TV or being online following what happens in our favorite sports, countries and people. The human interest stories will be told and we will fall in love with some new athletes and then cheer them on until we jump off the couch with high fives as our national pride takes over in victory. Let us pray that the athletes will be safe and let us also remember those, and the families of those, who 40 years ago in Munich fell from when war and politics invaded the Games.
The Olympic Games are also a great time to remind ourselves that we can strive to achieve our own personal medals. A few weeks ago, the Pastor of the church I attend in the summer here in Rhode Island, Dunn’s Corner Community Church http://www.dunnscornerschurch.org said that there are four rules we can live to achieve. We can extrapolate those to our four “medals”:
- Iron/Bronze: Do to others before they do to us
- Silver: Do to others as they do to us
- Gold: Do to others as you would have them do to you
- Titanium: Do to others as Jesus has done for you
Let’s see if during this Olympic period we can all strive for Titanium!
Reference: Luke 6:31 (ESV)