Every four years, when the Olympics take place, I am inspired by some of the stories of the athletes competing, and the drama that unfolds during the athletic events. Most of these athletes have dedicated their lives to the goal of competing for and possibly winning an Olympic medal. My heart is stirred when I hear and see these stories in action. Scriptures such as Philippians 3:13-14, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” resonate within me.
Yesterday, however, a different story captured my attention. During the Women’s 5000 meter run, there was some physical contact that took place which caused two competitors to fall. One of these, USA athlete Abbey D’Agostino fell and actually caused another runner, Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand, to fall as well. D’Agostino then proceeded to help Hamblin up and encouraged her to finish the race. Though they did not win, they were both winners. You see, sometimes winning is just a matter of getting up after you fall and finishing the race, and encouraging others to do the same.