Ok. I know the saying is, “There’s no I in team.” But there is a ME in there.
One of the things I love most about the Olympics is watching the Opening Ceremony’s Parade of Countries. I had some major USA pride as our team of athletes strutted their stuff on the world’s stage!
But from that collective, best dressed group on Friday night– the athletes take their marks, get ready and compete in their respective sports over the next couple of weeks.
Phelps in the pool. Biles on the beam. Jennings in the sand. Hughes (my total heart crush!!) in his sailboat. And the list goes on and on. Each athlete. Each country. Working independently. Working together. Wanting gold.
I imagine early morning training, late night muscle soaks, countless hours in coaching sessions– watching the milliseconds on the clock they’ll need to inch out their competitors. I honor how hard they’ve worked. The dedication to their sport. The pride in their flag.
From the faith perspective, 1 Corinthians says we’re all part of the body of Christ– each representing a different function and part of God’s plan for His church. That we have gifts and talents needed in a hurting world. In other words– we’re a team.
I guess that’s true of even me. No, I am NOT an athlete. I do have a few talents– but if it requires coordination, speed and agility, you betta count me out. But I do have gifts to give. I will never earn an Olympic medal, but I have my own finish lines, personal records and solid landings to make in my heart and mind each day.
Today– where ever you are on this great big, blue-green, 1000 mph spinning Earth– just finish strong. See the opportunities gifted to you with a new day. Add your unique, God given talents into the mix of your team to help them vault higher, run farther and row faster. In Rio– or in your office, classroom, church or community– you’re right where you are for a reason.
And if David Hughes’ sailboat happens to land on Hilton Head Island, even better. Just sayin.