Listen, these days I’m a little overwhelmed. To say that I have a lot going on would be an understatement, but I can’t CONCENTRATE, people. The reason? The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi (I now know that Sochi exists and that it’s located somewhere in Russia). I know that some of you are groaning, but I find that unpatriotic. How can you not care about important national issues like curling and ice dance?
Feel the enthusiasm! Weep when you hear your countries national anthem blaring during the medal ceremonies! For me, there’s really no substitute for the Olympics. The commercials are better than Superbowl commercials (yes, I said it), the human interest stories about the athletes are poignant and inspiring. This year, the saga of Bob Costas’ eyes was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of Olympic drama.
There have been extreme happy and sad stories to come out of the Olympics this year, but one that really reminded me about human nature was the story surrounding Shaun White.
Shaun White, for those of you who are not following the Olympics with whim and vigor like myself, is a snowboarder and two time Olympic gold medalist. He holds the record for gold medals won in X-games and has won 10 ESPY awards. Because he had built a reputation for himself as best in the world, everyone was expecting that Shaun would win a third consecutive gold medal in men’s half pipe. During the opening ceremonies this year, the commentators remarked on how he was the most popular athlete in the USA staging area. Even the other US Olympians were standing in line trying to get a picture with Shaun White. They called him a rockstar.
A few days later, it was a different story. After a series of runs marked by slips and falls, Shaun finished in fourth place.
The headline I read in the morning? “White Leaves Sochi With No Medals And No Friends.”
Overnight, the country turned on Shaun White. The superstitious people complained that it was because he cut his long red hair and dyed it darker. Some mocked him for pulling out of the slopestyle competition so he could be at peak performance level for half pipe. They called him ugly, arrogant and less talented than he pretended to be. His fellow snowboarders turned on him as well.
I don’t know Shaun White. I don’t know if he’s a nice person or not. This is not a blog written with the purpose of making you feel any particular way about him. What I DO know is this: the world is a fickle place. If you are a person living to please the world, know that it’s going to turn on you one day.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
You can put all your energy into this world, you can pour all your love into your family or a loved one, but we live in a fallen world and we live among a fallen people. There is nothing in this world and no one in this world that can satisfy you.
Are you dissatisfied today? Trying to live out someone else’s expectations for you or discontented with what you have?
C.S. Lewis said,
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
The Bible tells us that we were created with eternity in our hearts. Don’t waste your time on earth pouring into a world that will turn its back on you as quickly as it exalts you. You were made for another world. Invest in it.