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We Fall Down
Posted: Feb 16, 2010 in Uncategorized | 1 Comment |

I love watching the Olympics. The stories of these thousands of athletes who train several hours every day all for an event that takes place every 4 years really is inspiring. in comparing the winter Olympics against the summer, I would have to say I prefer the winter. Honestly, I can’t tell you why. I hate the winter. No really, seriously, I HATE winter. I grew up in Illinois. I know what it is like to put on a snow suit, gloves, hats etc. to go outside and play for 10 minutes. Many of you from up north will remember doing this. My brothers and I used to wrap plastic around our feet (usually the packages that bread would come in) and then put our boots on. My mom swore up and down that this would make our feet warmer but I am still not convinced. I remember going sledding and being absolutely miserable. Even now, to this day, I honestly don’t care in fact I would prefer not to ever see snow again.

Winter sports just never really appealed to me. But even though I don’t care for participating in winter sports, I love watching them every 4 years when the time for the Olympics rolls in. I think there are a few reasons why I love watching the winter Olympics.

1. I love America and look forward to the opportunity to cheer for my country
2. I admire the skill set in which it takes to compete in these specific games
3. Aside from the show Lost, (which is the best show on t.v. hands down) there isn’t much else worth watching

Last night, I stayed awake WAY to long watching couples figure skating. Don’t judge me. :) Is it wrong that I honestly really do enjoy watching figure skating? Seriously I can’t think of any sport that is as tough to be great at. You should see me uncoordinated self try to skate from one end of the ring to the other let alone do a triple sow cow. Ok, I’m a little embarrassed that I know what I triple sow cow is. I got sucked into the story of the Chinese couple who had been training for these specific Olympics for the past 18 years! Can you imagine that? Training 18 years for an event that lasts 4 and a half minutes. What made the story even more interesting was the fact that they were married. Watching them skate and win the gold medal really was a feel good story.

It truly breaks my heart watching these skaters fall on the ice. It’s as if all of their hopes and dreams lay exposed as failures just because of a 1 wrong jump. However, I am so encouraged when I watch these skaters get back up, dust themselves off and keep skating…..with a smile on their face to boot! They go back to the judges table obviously disappointed with their performance, yet proud that they had an opportunity to represent their countries in their sports biggest stage.

There is a verse in Micah 7:8 that says, “Do not gloat over me my enemy. For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord himself will be my light.”

I don’t think God is very impressed with my talent or lack thereof. He isn’t impressed with how much money I have or what I look like with a tux on. He doesn’t care what kind of car I drive or how much is in my 401k. What moves Him to his core is one who after he falls, picks himself (or herself) back up, dusts himself off and continues pursuing Him. That is what God gives standing ovations for. God doesn’t expect you to get a perfect 10 all of the time, He does however expect you to get up and keep skating.

With Expectancy!

Corey
corey@firstassemblywest.com

One Response to “We Fall Down”

  1. paul cameron says:

    i fell down .april 1997.bounced my head on the pavement.put me to sleep for 3 weeks.i consider it my wake up call from God. i had been playing the world for 30+ years. i knew God was there. never much thought past that.i always tell people. dont wait till something happens in your life to wake you up!unless we have been crucified with Christ.our works are dead.He came to give life.. lets not take it for granted during our short time here..if we fall or see someone fall. let us help each other back up.pride will stop us from asking for help.remember we cant do it on our own. we aren’t smart enough to do it alone anyways. that’s why Jesus sent us a helper in addition to each other

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