I am not sure if you are as into the 2018 Winter Olympics as my wife and I, but we are really enjoying these Winter Games. It is fun to see these incredible athletes do the amazing things they do and to hear a bit of their stories. We love stories like that of Lindsey Vonn and her struggle to get back to being an Olympic contender. We love stores of the emotions of Shawn White and his hard work to once again win gold. We love stories of the young, be it Chloe Kim or “Red” Gerard, who, in their teens, won gold. In all these stories and other athletes who talk of their journey to the Olympics, one practice seems to rise to the surface. It’s a constant that is part of most outstanding athletes and most certainly part of each Olympian. It’s a practice that takes an exceptional athlete to the extraordinary and it’s a practice we normal people can participate in. It is the practice of trust!
I noticed this practice of trust as Olympians have been interviewed either just after their competition or on talk shows or some other media outlet. These athletes talk of their confidence in their coaches, mentors, and trainers, trusting them to bring out the athlete’s best and take that athlete beyond to be Olympic ready. This trust is a reliance and confidence on their team. There is also a dependence on their equipment and faith in their technical support. I was watching the woman’s downhill and one commentator mentioned how each skier has great trust in those who sharpen their ski edges and what kind of wax to put on their skis as that could mean a few less tenths of a second and whether or not they make it on the podium to receive a medal. The practice of trust is vital to an Olympic athlete and for life.
God has a lot to say about trust and what we place our trust in.
Proverbs 11:28 Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf.
Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
It is easy to trust in some not-so-trustworthy-things. Just this past week we put our trust in what we thought was a legitimate need for our computer, and got scammed! After a few hours of hassle and feeling violated, it was all corrected. But now I don’t know what to trust in on-line! The real issue was that I was trusting in my instincts, when I should have been trusting in some experts. The Bible is a bit sobering in this area of exclusively trusting in our own thinking.
Proverbs 28:26 Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.
Like those Olympic athletes trusting in their expert coaches and support teams, it makes sense to place our trust in experts. I can’t think of a better expert than God, who not only is Almighty, All-knowing, and All-powerful, but has great love and care for us and wants us to be all He has created us to be.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I (Jesus) came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
So it makes sense to place our trust in God.
Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear (revere) the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.
Trust is not easy. Trust takes risk. Trust involves faith. Yet trust in God can bring about deep joy and great life fulfillment. How is your trust in God? Trust is an Olympic practice for life.
One great place to grow in trust towards God is to go to church. If you do not already have a church where you attend, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. We would love to connect with you.
Seeking to practice trust in God along with you,