The Pastor's Peace - September, 2008
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The 2008 Olympics has been entertaining, thrilling, and the cause of sleep deprivation for many. Time and time again the term "Olympic Spirit" was used both to describe people with Olympic Spirit and those lacking in it. I decided to look up what this term means, and the most concise definition I can find is the following. Olympic Spirit requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

There were certainly some athletes that showed this Spirit more than others. Good examples would be people like Michael Phelps, who still managed to have humility after winning more gold medals than any other athlete in history. Bad examples were athletes such as Angel Matos, who attacked a referee after disagreeing with a ruling. What is interesting is that this World event has given us a broad view of many different cultures and countries. It is apparent that no one group has a monopoly on Olympic Spirit or a lack
thereof. All of these athletes are human and thus each is susceptible to the best and worst emotions that come from competing in such a grand fashion.

It is not much of a leap to think about our own lives and trying to have a type of Spirit in how we interact with others. When we see others who have something more or better then us, we should try to appreciate what they have achieved rather than become jealous. In a similar way, when we see someone who has less than us, we may appreciate what we have, but we should try not to think of ourselves as better than that person or above them. In all our interactions with others we should try to put forth love as the standard. This Spirit is what I would call the Christian Spirit and it requires us as Christians to have mutual understanding and a spirit of friendship and solidarity; to conduct ourselves fairly with those we meet. You know a true champion by his humility in the face of victory, and you know a true Christian by his love.

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Brian