Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

I have loved the Olympics, and Great Bri­tain have done well.

But we shower the vic­tor with ado­ra­tion,at­ten­tion and trea­sure, while the loser, no mat­ter how slim the mar­gin, fades into ob­scu­rity. Why? Be­cause we crave a means of de­ter­min­ing who is ‘the best,’ so that we can iden­tify our­selves with them.

Once we know that Ja­son Kenny or Andy Mur­ray are the best, we can eat their ce­real, drink their sports drinks, all the while, feel­ing we are like them.

Oh, with­out all that hard work, prac­tice, and stuff.

Some ath­letes thank God af­ter they win.

So does that mean God only sup­port those who do win?

What if you are some­one who comes in down the rank­ing?

I’m not say­ing that God isn’t on the side of those who emerge vic­to­ri­ous.

Look at David, tak­ing on a big warrior with a kid’s toy - that guy was pretty suc­cess­ful.

But for the most part, God,and Je­sus in par­tic­u­lar seemed to like the less-than- stel­lar folks.

Peter made mis­takes, yet God built the church with him.

Paul wrote much of what be­came the New Tes­ta­ment, and he had a track record.

Then there’s Je­sus, hang­ing out with the losers, the sick, the crim­i­nals; the kind of folks you would not likely see climb­ing to the top of the medal stand.

And al­though I’d love to iden­tify as of­ten as pos­si­ble with the big win­ners, more of­ten than not my heart lands in the losers’ camp too.

And if you’re a fan of come-frombe­hind vic­to­ries like the ones so of­ten cel­e­brated in the sports world, you can’t re­ally do much bet­ter than Je­sus. Karen Hamil­ton Dea­con Cam­bus­lang Par­ish Church

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