Paul and Marian went as a combination to St. John’s Church of England, Heather in Leicestershire. Paul drove through the night to get there from Perth in Scotland and Marian from Wimbledon where she had been serving at the Olympics. As we had been given the theme of The Olympics this was apt. Paul’s message was based of a quote from The late Sir Harry Secombe, “You can’t rest on your laurels, they turn into wreaths.”
The Olympics are significantly biased and Paul felt it was time someone addressed this. Yes, without any doubt at all of these Bronze, Silver and Gold medals are biased towards fit people. Despite the fact these types only represent a small percentage of the population they seem to be getting all the wins and attention. Nonetheless there is hope for us fatties and less fit people for all who walk with God can win victories and then victories again. After winning Gold cyclist Bradley Wiggins said this is as good as it will ever get for him. Tour de France one week then Olympic Gold the next. Few will ever see results like that in their lives, yet all who are in Christ can be more than conquerors and go on to see new victories after the old. Really we can never ever say that is as good as it gets, not when we still breath and continue to walk with God.
The other missing group from the Olympians is of course the Golden Oldies, but God has a real history of using older folk that others may have written off. Look at Miriam, Abraham and Abraham’s wife! In one case we even read, “your latter days be greater than your former.” Truth be told, God is pretty old himself! Too many think they’ve peaked and if they are basing their lives on career ambitions alone they probably have, but if they are walking with God there is more to come. In Christ we are more than conquerors and even as we fade we can increase. In him you can never ever rest on your laurels, you can however rest in him and go from glory to Glory.