October 30, 2014

Feel Good Friday: A Heart Warming Story to Warm the Winter Olympics

A Heart Warming Story To Warm the Winter Olympics

Already there is a heartwarming story out of the Olympic Games coming this winter.  Identical twin sisters Lanny and Tracy Barnes have competed together in biathlon careers that have spanned 15 years. Their shooting and cross-country skiing earned each of them spots on the US Olympic team in the 2006 Italy games.  But this year, luck dealt Lanny a brutal blow as she fell ill and missed the qualifying races that could have earned her the fifth spot on the five-person team.

Tracy, 31, competed well and earned a spot, but this week said she was declining the opportunity to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics, so that her sister Lanny could take her place. Tracy said about her sister , “She’s having a great year, and I think when you care enough about someone you’re willing to make that kind of sacrifice,’’ In a reply to Tracy’s action Lanny said, “It just was one of those moments that I think changed my life forever.’’


Feel Good Friday: The Red Neck Olympics

The Red Neck Olympics

Some of us are becoming familiar with the X-Games, everyone knows about the Olympics, but have you ever heard of the “Red Neck Olympics”?  The event organizer, Harold Brooks, describes the “Olympics” as a great big outdoor picnic and pig roast for hardworking people who’ve earned the right to blow off some steam.  Events in the “Red Neck Olympics” include:

  • Lawn mower races
  • Mud runs
  • Tire burnouts
  • Demolition derby
  • Greased watermelon relay race
  • Toilet seat horseshoes
  • Bobbing for pigs’ feet

By the way, the International Olympic Committee contacted Mr. Brooks and informed him he was not allowed to use the word “Olympic” in his event and therefore he must change the name. So after much deliberation Harold came up with the “Maine Redneck Blank Games”.  That’s right Harold, who cares about the word “Olympics” when you’re bobbing for pigs’ feet?

Enjoy Your Weekend :)


2012: A Look Back

2012-A Look Back

* NASA’s “Curiosity” rover lands on Mars  * London hosts summer Olympics

* Hurricane Sandy devastates the East Coast  * New York Giants win Super Bowl

* President Obama is re-elected  * U.S. dominates the final medal count in summer Olympics

* Colorado wild fires consume over 200,000 acres  * Los Angeles Kings win Stanley Cup

* Adele voted AP Entertainer of the Year  * Michael Phelps becomes most decorated Olympian

* “Fifty Shades of Grey” dominates publishing  * San Francisco Giants win World Series         

* 65 confirmed tornadoes occur in a single outbreak from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast

* Academy Award for “Best Picture” – The Artist  * Israeli/Palestinian war re-ignites

* Anti-American sentiment runs rapid across the Middle-East leaving a wake of death

* Prince William and Kate Middleton are expecting their first child

* Album of the Year “Life Is Good” by rapper Nas  * Syrian Civil War kills tens of thousands

* Approximately 100 million Christian Bibles were either distributed or sold


* Neil Armstrong  * General Norman Schwarzkopf  * Dick Clark  * Davy Jones  * Andy Griffith  * Whitney Houston

* Jack Klugman * Richard Dawson  * Ernest Borgnine  * Phillys Diler  * Rodney King  * Larry Hagman

* Vidal Sassoon  * Junior Seau  *Frank Pastore

2012 Summer Olympics: Closing Ceremony

Photo By Dave Catchpole

I watched the closing ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics with mixed emotions.  My first emotion was, “Whew…now I can get back to getting a decent night’s sleep.”  The problem was I became addicted to watching the “games”.  How addicted?  When I would finally decide to turn out the lights for slumber, I would spend the next hour attempting to chase the awesome images of the past three hours out of my sleep deprived mind.

The next emotion was sorrow because I truly do enjoy watching these elite athletes compete against each other in the name of “global brotherhood”.  Where else can we see the USA, Russia, Turkey, Britain, Iran, Afghanistan…in heated competition, with pride and egos at stake, without the destruction of mankind? 

The Olympics have a way of allowing the world to compete on an equal playing field and in the end; we shake hands, pat each other on the back, and say, “See you in four years”.  I think our global leaders could take a lesson from these young athletes.  Still, I guess it is easy for me to feel this way when America did so well this time around.  Here was the latest medal count as of this writing:

  • United States =      46/Gold                29/Silver              29/Bronze           Total/104
  • China =                    38/Gold                27/Silver              22/Bronze           Total/87
  • Russia =                   29/Gold                16/Silver              19/Bronze           Total/64

(I just raised my hand and asked for a “high five”…)

To see all the countries and their medal count, visit the website below.  Thank you London and thank you Great Britain for an outstanding job!  See you in four years…


2012 Olympics: Physical, Mental, and Spiritual Performance Required

Today marks the “Opening Day Ceremony” for the 2012 Olympics.  As most of us are aware, the Olympics are not just about peak physical performance but mental and spiritual as well.  As far as the spiritual aspect goes, there is an organization this year attempting to help each athlete reach their potential.  The Bible Society will be offering free Bibles to all 2012 Olympic Game athletes.  The Bible Society will provide the Olympians a Bible when they visit the Olympic Village Religious Services Center in London.  Here is what a representative from the Bible Society had to say:

“There will be more than 3,000 copies made available, which will be of a commemorative English-language edition. 1,000 additional Bibles will be published in a host of other languages with the help of various national Bible Societies around the world.”

In several instances, the Bible draws a line of similarity between the challenges we face in life and the challenges of successfully competing in various sporting events, such as track and field or boxing: 

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 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.  Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air.   No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” (1Corinthans 9:24-27)

Let us remember to pray for all the Olympians as they represent their countries to the best of their abilities.  Let us also remember to pray for the Bible Society and their tremendous effort to reach those in need of a Savior.


3 Training Requirements

Alex Morgan, a member of the U.S. National Soccer Team who is heading to the 2012 Olympics, gave 3 requirements for training like an Olympian.  In a recent interview, she stated that diet, motivation, and exercise are essential when training.

I find it interesting that even back in the days when Paul was writing certain portions of the Bible, he referenced sporting events as an example as to how we should conduct ourselves as Christians.  Here are 3 scriptures to support my point:

“Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.” (2Timothy 2:5)

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith;” (2Timothy 4:7)

“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize?  Run in such a way that you may win.” (1Cornithians 9:24)

Paul had a great understanding of the correlation between what it takes to keep our physical bodies in shape and what it takes to keep our spiritual life intact.  If Paul were alive today, I could see him being a huge fan of the Olympic games, the Dodgers…and maybe even the Angels.