Wednesday, August 8, 2012

How the Olympics Have Inspired Me

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Oh, the Olympics! 

In years past I was not an Olympics fan.  I think the reason for this is that I wasn't a very huge sports fan.  The Olympics only interfered with regularly scheduled programming.  Over the past 12 years, my husband has slowly gotten me into watching them.  At first, I went kicking and screaming to watching them, but as each year passes I see more and more the magic that the Olympics has to offer.

The first Olympics I really remember enjoying was the 2008 Olympics in Bejing.  This was the first time I was introduced to the likes of Michael Phelps.  I still remember articles on the web about his 10,000 calorie diet (or something like that).  Fast forward to the 2012 Olympics in London and I am hooked.  The kids have really enjoyed it too.  Our daughter gets out the American  Flag and starts waving it!  I love the patroitism that is stirred in my soul.

What has me drawn into the Olympics is the stories behind the athletes.  The work and obstacles some of these people have overcome to get there, to me is unimaginable.  It is unimaginable to me because I am in awe of the patience a person has to have to endure all of that for just a few minutes in time.  In some cases, like in the 100m, a few seconds! 

You are not disabled by the disabilities
you have, you are ABLE by the abilities you have
-Oscar Pistorius

There are quite a few that have impressed me like Missy Franklin, Gaby Douglas, but the one that has caught my attention the most is Oscar Pistorius.  If you haven't heard of him, he is the double-amputee that is running in the Olympics.  Now, those are 2 words you don't typically hear in the same sentence: double-amputee and running!  If you don't know about this guy, you need to find out more about him.  He inspires me in so many ways and I can't help but think about Michael and Matthew when I see him.  To me Oscar Pistorius is an amazing example of what a human being is possible of doing.  He is an example of what the human spirit can achieve.  He made something seemingly impossible a reality.  I see his story and stories of people similar who overcame, what seemed to be insurmountable odds, I am filled with hope.  I have hope for Michael and Matthew that they will overcome the limitations that they were born with.  They will be another example of the power of self and more over the power of God. 

"But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." -2 Cor 12:9

There is so much more I say about Oscar but, all one has to do is look at his life and that says it all. 
I am a believer in the Olympics now, well I guess I am a believer in the effect the Olympics has on people.  What effect is that?  It brings out the best in these athletes and I think it brings out the best in us who are watching.  I know for me, it gives me hope; not just for the twins, but for all my children and for all of us.

If you are watching the Olympics, how has it spoken to you? 

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