Will that title get us in trouble with legal folks? I hope not.
As I have been watching the Olympics quite a bit over the last couple of weeks, I've been thinking about what it takes to be good at what you do, what these athletes who make it have in common. I don't have some ground-breaking insight. I didn't uncover something brand new or undocumented. I did, however, notice for the first time that we're not all that different from these athletes.
Stop snickering. It's true. For us preachers, the "relentless return of Sunday" is our training ground. It is here that we are challenged to persevere even when we don't feel like it, stay committed when others think we can't, work through distractions that tell us what we are doing is all for nothing. The difference between us and Olympians is that our challenge comes back again and again week after week, sometimes more than once a week when special services come up.
Preacher-lympians, let's run this race today with perseverance and faith, trust and hope that the God of us all run with us. Join the party in the comments. We'll have runners and supporters (insert athletic supporter joke here), sprinters and marathoners, and hopefully someone to set us up with a carb-load as this is another Bread of Life week! Hope to see you round the party today!