A resolution issued on this date in 1894, after meetings in Paris between 58 French delegates and a scattering of representatives from the U.S. and other European nations, called for the re-launch of a quadrennial international sports competition (which we can’t name for copyright reasons but we all recognize by its five interlocking colored rings). The resolution called for the modern competition to be re-born in 1896 in its birthplace, Athens.
Now, 122 years later, men and women worldwide are fine-tuning jump shots and serves, refining balance beam routines, pushing muscles to work just a little faster, jump just a little higher, starting 42 days from now in Rio. With all that effort going into physical performance in hopes of a medal and a moment on a podium, how much more energy are you and I expending on spiritual things with assured eternal results?
“Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.” (I Cor. 9:25)