Earlier this month the 2020 Olympic games were held in Tokyo, Japan. Many of us viewed the televised competitions of the strongest, fastest, highest, and best. We cheered for those who are now Olympians for life whether medal winners or not.
We were amazed by athletes who broke world records and were inspired by results of years of training, discipline, and dedication. We were proud of those who represented their home countries well and were touched by true examples of sportsmanship. We were awed by those whose triumphant accomplishments overcame seemingly impossible challenges. We witnessed the best of the best regarding athletic competitors and sport successes.
Many viewers came to know and love favored athletes, such as American swimmers, “queen” Katy Ledecky and “king” Caeleb Dressel. I think their humility formed the invisible crowns on their physically fit and gold medal-draped bodies. It pleased me to learn that these two as well as others use their positions and influences to make our world a better place.
This gives me hope, and this is needed throughout our planet today. Most of us will never occupy such renowned platforms as Olympians, but we can still impact others. May we each do that which we can to share hope and spread peace.
International Olympic Committee mission: to build a better world through sport (www.olympics.com)
“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also shall rest in hope.” (Psalm 16: 9)
“Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (Psalm 31: 24)
“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven…. A time for war and a time for peace.”
(Ecclesiastes 3: 1 & 8)
“With love in mind you can’t go wrong
For love it is that fosters peace,
So sing it loud and sing it strong.
With love in mind you can’t go wrong….”
(Richard Doiron, poet)