DayBreaks for 2/28/20: The Most Precious Olympic Hardware
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2010:
The Olympics have always fascinated and entertained me. I always watch them. They are, however, a testimony to human endeavor – regardless of whether one is talking about the games themselves, the athletes, or those who organize it all and make it happen. There are many awards shows on television (mostly from Hollywood!) that are nothing more than people patting themselves and others on the back. I get rather tired of that, and I get tired of athletes who are all about themselves. That’s why stories about athletes who aren’t that way really resonate with me. Here’s a story I’d never heard before:
“The rarest medal in the Olympics wasn’t created from gold, but a bolt.
“The story begins on a cold, winter afternoon in Innsbruck at the 1964 Olympic two-man bobsled competition. A British team driven by Tony Nash had just completed its first run, which had put them in second place. Then they made a most disheartening discovery. They had broken a bolt on the rear axle of their sled, which would put them out of the competition.
“At the bottom of the hill, the great Italian bobsled driver Eugenio Monti, who was in first place, heard of their plight. Without hesitation, Monti removed the bolt from the rear axle of his own sled and sent it to the top of the hill. The British team affixed it to their sled and then completed their run down the mountain, winning the gold medal. Monti’s Italian team took the bronze.
“When asked about his act of sportsmanship, Eugenio Monti deflected any praise, saying, “Tony Nash did not win because I gave him a bolt. Tony Nash won because he was the best driver.”
“The story of Monti’s selfless act spread. And because of it he was given the first De Coubertin Medal for sportsmanship. The award, named after the founder of the modern Olympics, is one of the noblest honors that can be bestowed upon an Olympic athlete; in other words, the most precious hardware any Olympian can own.”
Doesn’t that sound like what Jesus did for us? Took his righteousness and holiness and gave it to us so that we can win the race?
PRAYER: Thank you for Your selfless love that could only win if we would be able to stand in the “winner’s circle” with you on the great day of the Lord! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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