I'm a huge fan of the Olympics. I can remember as a kid spending the weeks during the Olympics making up figure skating routines, pretending to mogul ski down the stairs, and making huge luge runs to sled down with my siblings.
I'm not going to lie, during the two weeks the Olympics are on our family goes from one that never watches TV to one that temporarily puts one up in the living room just so we can watch the events as a family each night. There is something about the incredible things the athletes have been able to accomplish, the patriotism of cheering on the USA, and the fun of good, clean TV that keeps us all hooked.
It also seems that companies come out with some pretty great commercials during the Olympics and I've already found my favorite this time around. While I'm not claiming to support P&G, I love their commercial this year about falling down, getting back up and mom's role in it all.
I can't help but see the similarities in our own lives as Christians. We start off our journey with the desire and will to do big things, but the truth is we are immature, sinful, and have much to learn. Yet God knows our abilities. He knows the purposes and plans for which he created us, and he knows what it's going to take for us to be able to serve him to our full potential.
Many times, what it takes is letting us fall over and over and over again.
While each fall hurts and the sins we find ourselves caught in can have painful consequences, each time God lifts us back up we learn and we grow. God knows us better than we know ourselves and while he uses our mistakes to teach us and make us stronger, he never leaves us alone. He stays by us, calling us back to him, calling us to get back up and try again, teaching us to stay on track, and showing us time and time again that he can be trusted.
Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:7-11