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The Olympics are two weeks of excellence.  Top athletes compete against each other to see who is the best in the world.  But, there are also remarkable stories.  Stories of perseverance, faith, and overcoming adversity.  It’s hard to watch and not get inspired.

But, as the Olympics wind down, don’t let your hopes and dreams fade.  Chase after them, because if you don’t, who will?

You may not be athletic, but you still have dreams and goals.  Maybe you want to be a teacher or a coach or a writer or an actor.  Whatever your goal, know you can achieve it.  As my high school football coach says, “What the mind can conceive, the  body can achieve”.  But it doesn’t come without effort.  You can’t sit around and wait for it, you have to go after it.  You have to chase your dreams and go after them with all your heart.  You can only achieve them–as my dad says–through “hard work, extra work, and more work”.  But the most important thing you need is faith.

Faith in yourself and your abilities, but also in God.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).  I’m sure you’ve heard it a hundred or a thousand times, but that doesn’t make it any less true.  Without God in your corner, you’re just running on a treadmill, not going anywhere.

In my high school’s old wrestling gym, there was a set of wooden bleachers.  Painted on them were the words, “Faith”, “Hard Work”, and “Team Work”.  Those were the three cores of an excellent wrestling program.  They are also the core of an excellent life.

Don’t give up on your dreams.  Give them to God and follow after Him with all your heart, even as you chase your goals.