Looking for Peace, the Olympic Way

Matterofprayer: A Year of Everyday Prayers – Saturday, August 20, 2016


Looking for Peace, the Olympic Way

As I finished up with the personal definitions of PEACE I receiving from the good people in the Englewood neighborhood, I couldn’t help but think of current events. Yes, the south side of the city of Chicago does have crime, and shooting, and even killing. Similar to parts of Rio do Janeiro, where the Summer Olympics are being held right now.

The history of the modern Olympic movement is something I learned about when I was in elementary school.) It must have been in the early grades, because my memories of this material go really far back.)  The Olympic movement is based on the vision of Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the modern Olympic Games. He promoted certain values. These values continue to inspire what is known as the Olympic tradition.

The Olympic values of de Coubertin—the ideals of respect, fair balance, pursuit of excellence, joy in effort, and balance between mind, body and will—these are all important. To be reached for by all Olympic participants.

Just as these values were (and are) all important for Olympic competitors, so is the goal of peace. De Coubertin wanted to “build a more peaceful world by educating the young in a spirit of understanding.”

The Olympic Games will end tomorrow. Another four years to contemplate these wonderful values and ideals.

Each four years, at each Olympic Games, those ideals and values are stressed again. Plus, those ideas and values match so closely with Jesus and His values and ideas. May we follow Jesus and the values and ideals that please God, not people. May we follow God’s will and God’s way. Lord, in Your mercy, hear all of our prayers.


Like what you read? Disagree? Share your thoughts with your loved ones and continue the conversation.

Why not visit my sister blogs, “the best of” A Year of Being Kind.  #PursuePEACE. My Facebook page, Pursuing Peace – Thanks! And, read my sermons from Pastor, Preacher Pray-er

2 responses to “Looking for Peace, the Olympic Way

  1. It is a shame that the athletes didn’t come out during the Closing Ceremony as one Olympic Nation, instead they came out as 200 separate Nations, which took over one hour and fifteen minutes to complete. They should have asked Bill Morris, Martin Green and Catherine Ugwu for the London Games how they were able to get 10,000 athletes to march around the track and into the centre in 20 minutes.
    John Ian Wing’s letter in 1956 shows how the world can unite as One Nation at the Olympic Games. Unfortunately, everyone wants to come up with a better ‘idea’.
    John Ian Wing

    • The closing ceremony is always emotional. So much effort, so much striving, in every Olympics. Truly, a marvel to behold.

      Yes, there are some things that people make comments about, in every Olympics. I prefer to think about the marvelous Olympic ideals that are still being held up and put into practice. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate it. Why don’t you write a courteous letter/email to the Olympic planning committee? I suspect they would seriously consider your comment. Why not?

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