Going For The Gold

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The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are just about to wrap up.  I’ve watched a little bit of them.  Ice dancing and skating are my favorite.  Don’t you just love to dream that  you could do that!  They make it look so easy.  But I’ve had my feet in ice skates before, and let’s just say…no.   Ice skating is second nature to those that so beautifully and effortlessly do it.  They were born with those skates on!

I may not be much of an athlete, but I did run track my 8th grade year.   That was one was those “Marsha Brady-trying-to-find-yourself” in middle school kind of deals.   That lasted one  year.  Then high school entered my life along with being in the band, rifle twirler for 4 years thank you very much!

I also thought at one time I would like to “show horses”…then as I was taking riding lessons, and I found out a baby was on the way, so that ended that…(not that I was all that good at it.)

A few years came along with 3 small boys under tow.  One day out of the blue, I thought I would give tennis a try.  Dreaming of a fabulous future much like that of Chis Evert, I had the latest racket in my hand and lessons from a pro, I was raring to go!  But, you guessed it, just wasn’t for me!

Now my husband on the other hand.  He was a pretty dad gum  tennis player back in the day!  And when he and I first met, he would try to teach me how to play tennis.  He was much more serious than I was.  As well as competitive.  I was just having a fun time, laughing and chasing the tennis ball everywhere!   No one could ever accuse me of being an athlete!


But I am going for the gold!

Like Paul in the New Testament…I am running hard for the finish line!

“You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins.  Run to win.  All good athletes train hard.  They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that is gold eternally.  I don’t know about you, but I’m running hard for the finish line.  I’m giving it everything I’ve got.”  1 Corinthians 9:24-26 MSG

The gold I’m after will never tarnish or fade!

I just love how Paul explains things.  He helps us relate to things that we know of.  And right now, whether you watch the Winter Olympics or not, you can’t avoid the talk of it, or reminders of it on our news.

In the race of life we are all running towards something.  We are either running to our Papa God, knowing what awaits us at the finish line, or we are running away.

“I’m staying alert and in top condition.  I’m not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else about it and then missing out myself.”  1 Corinthians 9:27 MSG

I may not be much of an athlete…but I am going for the GOLD!


The Author

Hey there....so glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 38 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience an awesome journey in 2000, in adopting our special needs daughter, Maria Dean. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing in my award (Dove) winning choir at First Baptist Church! I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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