olympic challenges


I’ve been watching the Olympics. I’m impressed by the sacrifice these athletes have made.  The hours of training. The cost.  The determination. It’s truly admirable.

But what about the people we know who never achieve such fame but whose challenge is every bit as great? I know a number of people who deserve Gold Medals for various reasons. People battling cancer. Parents of children with special needs. Young couples struggling to make ends meet financially. Older people fighting loneliness.  Those suffering the loss of a loved one. 

I’m not diminishing the efforts of these Olympians. But sometimes we get so caught up in the drama and the glitz that we don’t see what’s right in front of us–people who deserve our applause no matter how small their stage.

So while we’re cheering on the athletes, let’s find someone in our own lives that deserve our applause. It could be that person you know who battles depression.  They are Olympian athletes in their own right but in their case, their heroic efforts are seldom noticed.

So today look around for someone to award a “Gold Medal”.  Give them your encouragement, your support, your applause.  And what about you?  Do you deserve your own medal?