Words from the Heart for Thursday August 5th, 2021
All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIrV)
Canada’s coat of arms is surmounted by a rendition of St. Edward’s Crown, which has been used in the coronations of Canada’s monarchs. This element represents Canada’s status as a constitutional monarchy headed by a sovereign king or queen. This style of crown is that preferred by Queen Elizabeth II, and was modernized in 1957 from the 1921 design, which used the Tudor crown. The crest is based on the Royal Crest of the United Kingdom, but differenced by the addition of a maple leaf, and symbolizes the sovereignty of Canada.
Olympic gold medals regularly come up for sale at auctions and online. As someone once said, “the Olympic flame goes out.” Each of those medals was once won by someone who worked hard to stand on the podium, to wear the crown, so to speak. But it isn’t long before the person dies, and the family loses interest in the medal, or the athlete faces tough times financially and needs to sell the medal to put food on their table. Nothing in this life lasts forever. Paul the apostle understood this and wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:25: “All who take part in the games train hard. They do it to get a crown that will not last. But we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” We who love the Lord Jesus are in training our entire lives. We are called to be more like Jesus day by day, and it takes spiritual discipline to do so. We are called to spend time in God’s word and prayer daily, serving others with the love of Jesus. The crown awaits along with the words of King Jesus, “well done.”
These have been words from the heart.