Three months ago, Hamadou Issaka was a gardener in Niger. This past weekend, he was an Olympic competitor. Chosen through a wild card lottery for the 2012 London Olympic games, this swimmer turned wild card rower has now been named the “Sculling Sloth.”
His performance was not record-breaking, but in a grand Olympic tradition, his spirit as a competitor won the crowd that cheered wildly as Issaka crossed the finish line more than 1 minute 30 seconds after the first place winner. Not everyone can be an Olympic athlete. The idea that an ordinary man from Niger would find himself in the Olympic games has not pleased everyone. But, for many people Issaka is symbolic of the ordinary guy who goes through life without too much notice.
Perhaps that’s why the spectators found themselves cheering for a man who had never set foot in a boat 90 days ago but who through a long series of events represented Niger in the Olympic games. Most people fear being ordinary. We tend to celebrate the brightest, the most beautiful, the super athletes. Most of us will never be described that way by anyone.
Sometimes that can make a people doubt their worth. They can feel insignificant. Invisible. Ordinary.
It may seem like that, but God does not view any person as ordinary or insignificant. In fact, you are anything but ordinary! You are made in God’s image.
Perhaps you may never be an Olympic athlete. You might escape the notice of some people around you, but you will always be seen by God. He sees you having worth. He sees you trying hard to make a good life. He sees you as deserving of a special gift.
God loves you so much that He sent His one and only Son into the world to ensure that you could have life, abundant life! He sees your worth. He also sees your need. Each of us have failed at one time or another. Those failings can come between God and us. The Bible calls it: “Sin.” Jesus came to forgive our sins and offer us an opportunity to move beyond problems and experience true forgiveness.
Just a few short days ago, hardly anyone had heard of Hamadou Issaka of Niger. Today, he is an Olympic athlete. That’s quite a change, but nothing compared to the simple truth that when a person comes to Christ and asks for new life, they are granted forgiveness for today and life for all of eternity.
If you want the chance to move out of ordinary living. If you want the opportunity to make a new beginning, ask Jesus to become Lord of your life. It is as simple as a prayer: “Dear Jesus, I am sorry for the wrong things I have done. Sometimes I feel so insignificant
. I ask You to forgive me and give me new life. I promise to follow after you from this day onward. In Jesus’ name. Amen!”
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