Yesterday morning we went to the Olympics. After seven years of excitement, expectation and build up the event finally arrived and we were thrilled to be a part of it.
We went to a heat of the men’s weightlifting and were lucky enough to witness a young Brit named Gareth lift the weight of his life in front a home crowd. The roof came off when he came on stage and you could see the way it encouraged him.
Gareth was not going for gold, or at least he wasn’t going for a gold medal; but he was definitely going for his own personal gold standard – he was aiming for the best he could possibly do. Watching him was inspirational.
Sometimes in our churches and Christian communities it can feel like we’re competing in a faith Olympics. Not only is it damaging to those who are seeking, how can they ever start as a novice; but it is dangerous for us all. There is no race in our faith life; no is there any measure of success.
We can learn from Gareth; we can realise that it is a journey of discovery in steps. By working at our faith with prayer, fellowship and bible study we can build up our relationship with God and achieve our own personal Gold for God. And by modelling this we can help seekers realise that they’re already on their own path to Gold.