Jeff Bartell

A "bottom line" kind of guy

My Favorite Winter Olympic Sport

The Winter Olympics are fun to watch.  They compete in many different sporting events that most of us have never tried even once.  If you follow it at all, I’m sure you have your favorite.  I have never been a big fan of the winter olympics.  I have always preferred the summer games.  But about 12 years ago, I was visiting a missionary friend in Frankfurt, Germany while the winter games were on and he introduced me to what is now my new favorite winter olympic sport:  curling!

Now, many of you may be thinking what I always used to think about curling:  BORING.  Granted it is not a sport that causes you to work up a heavy sweat.  It’s kinda like watching golf if you’re not a golfer, or NASCAR if you’re not into cars.  I have never played curling (do you “play” curling?  I don’t even know!) – but I would love to try.  I just like the strategy behind it.  It is a game of finesse.  It is similar to shuffleboard or bocce ball.  OK, I realize that those are known to be “old guy” sports, but the last time I looked in a mirror I didn’t exactly see a first string basketball player!

Just for fun, let me make a spiritual analogy.  Curling is all about “hitting the target.”  You try to get as many of your stones as close as possible to the center of the target.  Your opponent does likewise.  In the Bible, the word “sin” is often defined as “missing the mark.”  I am told that it is derived from an archery term.  So the farther from the center of the target, the greater the “sin.”  Applied to our lives, the target would be the word of God.  Ephesians 4:27 says:  “Neither give place to the devil.” So the battle of the Christian is to land as close to the center of God’s will as possible without letting his “adversary” knock him out of the ring.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

So what’s up with the guys sweeping the ice in front of the stones?  Well, they are there to clear the path to speed the stone along its way.  There’s something about teamwork that is critical to our success in life.  Maybe if we did a better job of “clearing the path” for others to succeed in following the Lord, we would see more victory in our lives as well.

So what’s your favorite Olympic sport?

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