There’s a luge competitor racing down the ice. After she started, a section of the ice looked particularly interesting so she stopped, looked around, then got on with the race. Did you see that? Of course not.
Then there was the speed skater who tried to skate with his backpack. The backpack was filled with weights, rocks, pictures of his family, and several other things. You didn’t see that either. But there is something you did see that should be an extremely valuable lesson.
Imagine a figure skater in the middle of a required routine. Suddenly, she skates over to the side where a section of the ice is for sale. She buys a piece of the ice and then stays right there, no longer engaged in her routine. You’ve got it now. You didn’t see that either!
Why did you not see any of those things? As for the things you did see, what value is in them?
Those things I made up (as well as the absurd picture) do not represent reality. People at the Olympics are there for one reason. They are competitors. They are there to win. Olympic competitors don’t add extra weight or stop on the track for a look around. The track is not something to be purchased. Tracks and rinks are just fields where skills are proved and victories are won.
What we saw illustrated in the Olympics is stated by the writer of Hebrews: Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1b. This same truth was stated by Jacob when he said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their pilgrimage,” Genesis 47:9.
Tracks, rinks, and life-on-this-earth are things we simply pass through in order to win a victory and a crown. The problem is, we stop and buy pieces of it, get ourselves weighted down with things that don’t fit our mission, and forget we are pilgrims here. To make a difference (win?) we need to empty the backpacks, stop buying the track, and start running on it! Think about it!
Soli Deo Gloria!