A Call To Commitment
Pastor Darden Caylor
In honor of the Winter Olympics, we'll be having our traditional "opening ceremonies party" at our house, to which, you are all invited. And even if you don't care about the Olympics, we'd still love to have you join us, since it's really just an excuse to get together and celebrate the life that God has given us.
In fact, honestly, I'm not that interested in the Olympics. Sure, I'll watch them if they are on, but it's not something I'd turn on myself; because I'm just not that interested in bobsledding, curling, downhill skiing, figure skating, luge, skeleton, snow boarding, speed skating, or dare I say it, hockey. I just don't care that much those sport; but I will watch ski jumping.
That's a sport I kind of enjoy watching. Though I'm not entirely certain why, I think it has something to do with the commitment of the jumper. After all, unlike the athletes in every other winter Olympic sport, once a run has begun, a ski jumper cannot stop.
I even searched the internet for videos and information on how a ski jumper could stop before a jump, and I couldn't find anything, because it simply doesn't happen.
In a sense, it's like skydiving. Once you start, the only thing that can stop you is the ground below. As a result, the ski jumper has to be fully committed before starting their run, because once they've started they are all in.
Though a skater could stop their routine, hockey players could pull themselves out of a game, or even a bobsled team could stop their run if with the pull of a hand brake, the ski jumper, has no such option. Once they start moving down the ramp, they're all in. They couldn't stop if they wanted to, so they must be fully committed before they start; and when it comes to our faith God calls us to have the same kind of commitment.