I love the Olympics, but in a completely insane way. I watch the opening and closing ceremonies (for real..the closing ceremonies! Who does that?), I get misty eyed when I see the Americans on the medal stand crying as they sing the National Anthem, and I cheer when they hit that finish line!
I especially love watching the swimming events as well as track and field short distance sprint races. Why? Who doesn’t sit up on the edge of their seat and bite their nails when world class athletes swim or run to the finish and beat the field by just .01 of a second. That’s one one hundredth of a SECOND! Do you know how long a second is? Grab your phone, open the stop watch app, press start and try to stop it at 1 second.
I’ll wait. No I won’t! I can’t even type “I” before a second is over!
We rarely pay attention to our seconds but runners and swimmers do. Usain Bolt, the World’s Fastest man amazes me. In the London Summer Olympics in 2012 Usain Bolt competed in the 100 meter dash and won gold with a time of 9.63 seconds.
He ran a distance of 100 meters. That’s 328 feet in 9.63 seconds.
THE MAN WAS RUNNING 23.22 MILES PER HOUR!
And the crazy thing about that is that Usain Bolt trains year round for those 9.63 seconds.
Let that sink in. Every day of his life is focused on 9.63 seconds and a few other events that he trains for as well.
One day is made up of 86,400 seconds, thats 1,440 minutes or 24 hours.
What are we spending these seconds on? Will we turn around in a few years and regret where we spent our time, talents or treasures? Will we make an impact on the people in our lives?
I’ve been asking myself lately: What if we turned our focus to the seconds and seasons we are given with the dedication of an Olympic athlete?
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
This portion of scripture is somber yet it draws our awareness to an aspect of the life that we rarely evaluate or ponder. The beauty found in the seconds and the seasons that God has given us.
Over the next month or so I will continue this focus on our seconds and seasons by sharing three filters we can apply as leaders and believers to steward our times, talents and treasures so that we are making the most out of the life God has given us.
We are not promised the next second or the next season. So what will you do with the second and the season you are given today?