I have never been very athletic, but there is something about the Olympics that brings out the competitor in all of us. Even if we never competed in sports ourselves, we cheer on our favorite teams. You can’t help but admire the determination, training, and dedication that it took to get these athletes to the Olympic Games. America has a population of over 324 million, yet only 554 Americans made the cut for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. To say they trained hard to get there is a major understatement!America has a population of over 324 million, yet only 554 Americans made the cut for the Olympics. Click To Tweet
Here is a series of Olympic themed questions to think about as a family…
How do you think olympic athletes train?
These athletes train most of their lives in hopes of winning a gold medal. They rearrange their lives so they can practice, practice, practice. When they aren’t practicing, they watch what they eat and take care of their bodies.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
What is an olympic athlete’s goal?When our goal is having a relationship with God, we never have to change our focus! Click To Tweet
You have probably heard the phrase, “Going for the gold.” Once the medals are won, and athletes can no longer compete in the Olympic games, their lives take turn and they must find a new goal. In our lives, we need to choose goals worthy of obtaining. Following God brings rewards that are eternal. When our goal is having a relationship with God, we never have to change our focus!
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. ” 1 Corinthians 9:24 ESV
How is being a Christian like being an olympic athlete?If we are training to live a life of Olympic proportion, we must continually train. Click To Tweet
We must train ourselves to live for Christ. If we are training to live a life of Olympic proportion, we must continually train, not just once a week at church. We must train ourselves continually, keeping God at the forefront of our our thoughts.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.” Psalm 37:5 ESV
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Here are a couple songs to remind us that God is the real prize. Pleasing Him is worth a lifetime of hard training.
Thank You for the prize of Jesus and the promise of living with you in Heaven one day. Please help us to clearly see how we can best train to live a life serving you. Help us to get rid of anything that might get in the way of pleasing you.
In Jesus Name,
Want More Olympic Activities?
If you want to find more Olympic activities and Bible lessons, check out my Olympic Pinterest board.
Does your family enjoy the Olympics together? Do you train together for the ultimate prize?