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Armchair Olympian

Updated: Sep 15, 2023

I have become an expert armchair Olympian in the following sports.

Dressage - I mean, how do you make those horses dance like that? I loved watching that!

I also am now an expert in BMX biking and of course who could forget the sheer joy of 13 year olds having the time of their life in a skate park and getting gold medals for it - that was glorious!

But probably, my moment I enjoyed most, for probably all the wrong reasons, was when the British woman swimmer beat the American male swimmer in the anchor leg of the mixed swimming medley, to bring home the gold.

I used to think that it is the first leg of a race that is called the anchor leg. After all that is the leg that anchors the whole race. However, it isn’t - it is the last leg. This is the anchor leg, as it brings the race to a conclusion and secures the win.

In Hebrews 6:19 it says “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain”. Jesus has run the anchor leg already. He has crossed the finishing line and he has won the prize. We need to run our race, no one else’s, and stay in our lane and finish our leg of the race knowing we have already won Gold, as Jesus has secured it for us.

It is great to know he has gone before us, he knows the race that each of us are running and he is behind the finishing line cheering us on. Are you still in your lane? Or have you wandered into somebody else’s lane? And before we cross our finishing line we need to pass the baton onto the next runner. Think about what this means for you?

- Jill Jackson


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