Unity, Inspiration and Gymnastics

This is my first exclusively "Blog-her" post.  As I was watching the Olympic Opening Cermemony Last night I had the urge to write about it.  But my personal blog is more focused on mental health and while I do veer from time to time to write about my general musings as a follower of Jesus, I want to keep it (somewhat) focused on Christianity as it pertains to mental health.  So, I'll give this a shot.  Thanks for reading.  :-)

As I was saying, I watched the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic last night and it occurred to me that there are 3 main reasons why I really like the Olympics.

#1. UNITY.  I love the way that the Olympics are a positive way to bring the entire world together.  It's no secret that there are many, many things that divide people: Religion, politics, money, etc.  There is no end to the list of things that put people on opposite sides of the fence.  I'm not saying these are bad, in fact it is great to stand up for something and know what you think and believe but at the end of the day, people are people.  We all have needs, desires, and hopes.

It's inspiring to watch the world come together in support for others after a tragic event.  Tsunamies, hurricanes, and terrorist events tend to bring people together.  And while the event is sad, the way people join together with complete strangers to help begin the restoration process is beautiful.  

The Olympics provides a way to come together and find common ground without a preceeding tragedy.  What else does that?  What else besides a tragedy brings, literally, the whole world together in a positive way?

I love it.

#2.  INSPIRATION TO EXCEL.  Olympic athletes may or may not be born with natural talent but there is not one athlete there who has not worked-really worked- for the title of "Olympic Athlete."  They've given up countless other opportunities in pursuite of their Olympic dream.  The sacrifices they've made are huge.  Their dedication is admirable.  The discipline they've cultivated has taken years of mental, emotional, and physical effort.  As a Christian, I want to pursue God with as much or more passion as an Olympic athlete pusues excellence in their sport.  I want to demonstrate that what I am seeking (or more accurately, WHO I am seeking) is worth it.  Worth the sacrifice.  Worth the time.  Worth the effort.  

My church is currently doing a sermon series something to this effect. Last week was the first week but already, I'm pumped up.  :-)  You can take a look/listen here.

#3. GYMNASTICS.  I love gymnastics.  I did gymnastics for 11 years before going to college.  I used to do cartwheels everywhere-sidewalks, museums, school hallways, the stranger the place, the better.  I wasn't an amazingly talented gymnast but I liked it.  And I still love to watch.  I wish gymnastics were on TV as much as football and basketball but since it's not, the Olympics is pretty much the only time I get to watch it on TV. 

Speaking of which, mens gymnastics is about to start so I better go. 

Thanks again for reading. 

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