SOAPBOX® mini-motivation: the Olympic spirit

“The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.”     ~ Paul, Galatians 5:18

Step back and consider what I am about to boldly propose:  The Olympic Games Are Not About The Sports.

And if that statement were absolutely true, then what do all these athletes, competitions, awards, presentations, stories and histories represent?  Perhaps, the answer is as simple as one word: SPIRIT

The media mesmerizes with the phrase “Olympic spirit” yet fails to define it …only to don all elite competitors with virtual crowns for us commoners to bow to.  Alas, the media fumbles and fails to truly uplift beyond its prescribed two weeks of showcasing.  And upsettingly does such every four years.  Oh, but not an ounce of hope can be lost!  For all citizens of all nations can pick up the torch and pass it to one another…each and every day, sharing the hope that we all have a spirit alive and glowing within us…driving us to breathe and strive and do and love and try and give and triumph.  Remember that as you gaze in awe of these people we call “athletes”…for they are just like you and me. 

That said, though, in truth I ask you: Do you have the fruit of the  spirit within you?

 …To wear your heart on your sleeve.  To train relentlessly for your lifelong goals.  To compete with every shred of your strength and every drop of your soul.  To stand tall and show utmost respect for those greater than you. To face life’s adversities and obstacle courses with unwavering optimism.  To trust that you indeed have a gift for excellence.  To represent with pride all that your family, friends, and community planted in you.  To triumph over life’s tragedies and agonies.  To join hands and hearts with rivals and friends alike.  To call a truce to your waging battles.  To open your mind to all that is different to you and all who are different from you.  To celebrate your achievements and share the rewards.  To sacrifice whatever it takes for those who cannot.  To walk in faith for faith’s sake.  To love something so much that, without it, breathing would be difficult.  To experience and appreciate the simple yet gloriously powerful feeling of joy that is feverishly spread when people come together for a common cause… that being, to honor the brilliance of the human spirit.  ~ KD

Copyright by Kimberlie Dykeman.

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