I like to watch the Olympics. Unfortunately, I had to DVR the Opening Ceremony and have not returned to watch it yet. Last night, I was digging the Snowboard Cross -that’s pretty cool stuff. However, there’s the crazy part of the coverage. As my youngest came into the room last night and said “Dad, the Olympics are the Talklympics.” We all know it. NBC likes to talk talk talk talk and talk some more when the Olympics are on. And then there’s that part that I know I should enjoy watching, but for some reason cringe every time they start – the special interest pieces. So last night as I was getting ready for bed, there was a piece of Alexandre Bilodeau.
You know him right? Well, if you are Canadian you do. He’s the first Canadian Gold Medal winner on Canadian soil, and last night they had a special interest story on him, and afterward I was glad I watched it. Alexandre has a older brother with cerebral palsy. His brother Frederic, who is 28, was supposed to stop walking at 10. He’s still walking. Alexandre mentioned that makes him wonder how far he can push himself – what are the real limits – if his brother can push himself to still be walking 18 years after he was told he would not be able to. He also credits his brother as his motivation for his success in skiing. Read this quote, and think about these words
“as an athlete you always have good days and bad days, there’s so many days you just don’t want to go train. I realize that I have the opportunity [to train] and that I need to use that opportunity because my brother does not have that chance.”
That’s pretty powerful stuff. How many times do we complain and not do things, because we don’t want to, but we are fully capable of it. This is a good thought to consider today. Take advantage of opportunities. Look for ways to push yourself, and to impact others. You have the ability, don’t let the rain slow you down.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (New International Version)
12See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Galatians 6:9 (New International Version)
9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.