Trashing Olympic Gold!
Posted: 2/20/2018

Written by Kevin Bracher

I’m fascinated by watching the Olympic athletes, particularly those who win the ultimate prize – a gold medal. Other than in the sport of curling, they have often accomplished what appears to be the impossible. It’s mindboggling to consider the amount of work that they must have done to reach their goal. 

The Olympics remind me of Paul’s sports metaphors found in God’s Word. Because the Olympics and other similar sports festivals occurred in Ancient Greece and continued while Paul was spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ there, he was probably basing his metaphors on these competitions. At that time, the ultimate prize for the winners was a wonderful crown of leaves or celery. No wonder Paul said that those who compete in the games do so to get a crown that will not last; he wasn’t kidding! 

Why Do It?
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Corinthians 9:25)

When looking at such things on the surface, it doesn’t make any sense that people would work so hard for some leaves or a $600 piece of metal. It only makes sense if you consider more deeply why they would compete for such prizes.

This blog will serve a similar purpose by providing a place where people can share more deeply why they work so hard at what they do at Whitefield. We will continue to celebrate the many activities and accomplishments other places, but WolfTracks will dig beneath the surface on a journey to answer the “why” questions. Why do we do what we do?  Why are the benefits important to how we live in Christ?

Seeking the Enduring Prize 
I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith... But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:8-9, 13b-14)

Our desire, similar to Olympians, is that this community would have an incredibly fierce, single-minded focus and determination to reach the goal to win a prize. But the prize we seek is to know and fully experience life in Christ, as we bolster families in the Christ-centered education of their children. 

Paul says this kind of endeavor requires strict training as well, but the prize in this case will be a crown that lasts forever. Though it’s difficult to fathom, this prize makes winning an Olympic gold medal seem like garbage in comparison.

Imagine a reward that infinitely surpasses the overwhelming feeling that those athletes experience when standing on the podium after winning a gold medal. May the Lord grant us the faith to stay focused on such a prize, so we won’t be able to help but develop a community that educates students with a “passion for learning, for others ahead self, and for the living and active Jesus.”