Quickest post ever today as I am in full fledged vacation mode! Did anybody else watch the Olympics these past few weeks? I know I sure did! I was practically glued ( or unglued ) from my seat watching any sprint race where the country of Jamaica ( whoop whoop) was competing! I was so happy to see my Jamaican athletes do so well! ( Big up Usain Bolt!) I also can’t leave out Canada’s very own Andre DeGrasse who did great things for the sport at these games ( multiple medals)
But, what truly intrigued me at these games more than the competition was the fact that some of these athletes were unashamed to give praise to God the Father! Usually they thank their coaches, parents and significant others. Very rarely do you see them boldly step out in faith and decree and declare that the person responsible for all of their success is God!
One particular case that really touched me was the case of the US Women’s 4 X 100 relay team who were unfairly disqualified after Allyson Felix was elbowed by a Brazilian sprinter. Check it out here:
A situation like that could make anybody ( even the most dedicated Christians!) lose heart and perhaps behave in a way that does not reflect Christ. Bur after some review,the women were allowed a second chance at getting into the finals pending their time was a qualifying time ( it was) They then went on to win a gold medal in the event. But even before they were awarded the opportunity to run again, they handled the situation with grace. They didn’t get on social media and curse out the IOC, they didn’t behave rude when the results were read. They waited… and they prayed. After their race, they were open about thanking God for the opportunity to race and counting their success to him! I think that’s beautiful! In a world where in some places where to even speak the name of Jesus is a crime punishable by death, it is truly amazing to see some of the worlds greatest and most influential people giving glory to God!
A scripture that I find fitting today is 1 Corinthians 10:31 which reads, So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God
We sometimes get so caught up in accolades that we forget to give thanks to the one who made it all possible! Never let yourself get so wrapped up in yourself, that you forget to acknowledge God.
Matthew 6:33 New Living Translation (NLT) says,
33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
I hope you are as inspired as I am to see the name of God lifted up and glorified! Have a fantastic week! I will be back with “Monday Motivations” on Monday September 5th as I am going somewhere with limited to no internet access! Till then… xoxo
I leave you with this song by Mali Music called, ” Yahweh/ All The Glory Belongs To You…”