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I love the Olympics. I mean who doesn't right? It's watched by millions around the world, and makes for great prime time television. I don't know about you, but for me it's highly motivating seeing someone use their God given talent to the best of their ability. As I watched these great athletes cross the finish line, or step up on podiums to receive their medals, or even discuss their big win I  waited to see them  give the glory to God, and acknowledge that yes they are the best at their given sport, but only because of the gift endowed to them by their Creator : Jesus. John 1:3 KJV "All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made." Sadly, in most cases not many were willing to give up their lime light to the One who caused them to shine. As I pondered that, I started to think that  maybe I'm also a little guilty of doing the same thing.When I'm complimented for doing something well , using a talent I was born with, or a skill I've developed, it's easy to swell with pride at my accomplishment, and conveniently forget the giver of the gift. James 1:17 NIV "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."  I believe God gives us these good gifts, and yes He wants us to use them , but I believe that more than that He wants us to run our races well, and remember to give Him the glory.Matthew 5:16 NIV "In the same way, let your light shine before others,that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Jesus is the best gift God has ever given us, and the Olympics for me is a reminder of the ultimate race that God has called us to run. Unlike the Olympians I can be confident that  should I ever get tired, falter, or have a false start that their is One who causes  me to soar on wings like an Eagle. Hebrews 6:20 ESV "Where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek."


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