I felt real pride just now as I saw Laura Trott win gold in the women's omnium (cycling). This has given us a total of eighteen golds. I don't know Laura. I'd never heard of her until tonight, and I've certainly never met her. And yet she made me feel proud, in the positive sense of the word. Why? Because my nation's anthem was played as she received her accolade and because her hard work and training paid off.
Paul writes to the Corinthians: Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. I believe that in heaven, even the humblest of God's people will be awarded more glory than even an Olympian warrants. For having fought the good fight, for having taken the mockery and snide remarks, for having kept going when so many others drop out, God will say:
'Well done, good and faithful servant'.
Therefore, Christian, don't give up! Keep training. Keep wrestling. Take the highs and the lows. The glory at the end will outweigh the pain of the race. In Heaven, when we see each other thus glorified, we will give praise to God and feel overwhelming pleasure at others receiving their gold medals.