I have many, but there are two things that stand out for me and will do for months to come.
First of all, watching all the medal winners receive their prizes. The look on their faces that expressed how all those early morning starts, all those long days, all the pushing their bodies to go on when all they wanted to do was stop and sleep was rewarded. Their single minded focus and hard training had all been worth it. The tears and the smiles expressed it all.
The second image is of Mo Farah falling during his 10,000 metre race. He could have given up, but he got up with even greater determination and won the Gold. His focus was on the finish line not on what had just happened.
In a world of instant celebrity and instant gratification it can be easy to forget all the hours of hard training and perseverance that have gone into getting the athletes to the Games and the winning of each medal. The personal sacrifices of the athletes and their families have been rewarded.
In the New Testament the Apostle Paul often described life as being a race. I would add that it’s not the 100 metres but more like a marathon, or even a steeple-chase. There are many hurdles to get over and many potential trip hazards yet, like an athlete, we need to keep our eyes on the prize, not allowing these obstacles to defeat us.
When we fall we can all start again resisting the natural urge to give up. By pressing on, keeping our focus on what is important to us we can all be winners.
Rev. Elaine Brightwell