Defining moments


Several years ago, the eyes of the world were on the Olympic Games being held in Beijing, China. Athletes from all over the world trained long and hard to try and earn the right of standing on the center podium to receive a gold medal. Many received their rewards and the thrill of victory and in one instance “experienced the defining moment in their life.”

I watched many of these events and rooted very hard for American victories. It has been a joy to see these young athletes accomplish what they set out to do. For Michael Phelps winning eight gold medals, a feat no other has accomplished, gained the attention of the world. I believe most of the world’s populace was pulling for him, whether they were American or not.

The duo of May-Treanor and Walsh pulled off winning their second medal in beach volleyball, a feat that has not been accomplished by any other team in Olympic history. Many others have tasted victory and relished in the moment of a win that will not soon be forgotten.

It was my hope that with these games being held in communist China that the Americans would take the lead and express their appreciation to the Lord Jesus Christ for their accomplishments with the hope that our media would broadcast it around the world. In very few instances did an American athlete acknowledge victory through Jesus for their earthly accomplishments. This was disappointing to me.

God has so blessed all of us, especially the people of America. Would it be so hard for us to acknowledge His blessings to those around us so that the world may hear the good news? Have we become so vain as to believe that we have accomplished all these goals without the blessings of the Lord? Would it be too Christian for the media to hear what some of these athletes would say about their walk with the Lord?

Jesus tells us in the gospel of John, chapter 5, verse 44, “How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” He is telling us that we should not fix our attention on people. We do not need to be so self-seeking and put our emphasis on human praise that we do not accept the one who came from God.

Jesus is available to everyone who will repent of their sins and ask Him to live within their hearts. It is plain and simple.

Our American athletes are very talented and very good at what they do. They train hard and the thrill of victory in that one moment means a great deal. All of us that watch the games, or any sporting event, can get caught up in the moment but we all need to realize we are only human and the miraculous moment of our life is the time we invite Jesus to be our Lord and Savior!


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