I confessed in a recent post to being an Olympicaholic. And to training at one point with the 1988 Olympics in my dreams (heavy emphasis on "dreams"... though just the other week I did a pretty darn near flawless cartwheel for my P31 teammates at She Speaks).
So once again this week I've found myself imagining standing atop that podium, gold medal weighing around my neck, watching the US flag rise because my hard training had come to fruition.
I don't think I could help but mouth a few of the lines to the anthem while up there. I mean, who can not sing, "And the rockets' red glaaare ..."
Reality is, I will never stand atop an Olympic podium. But I serve a God that sees my work and knows just how to encourage me in it. Yesterday I received this email (printed here with permission):
Dear Mrs. Rachel Olsen,
Hello! My name is Hannah Talbott and I am a college freshman majoring in Literature and Business in Colorado. I recently spent the summer reading your book "It's No Secret" and want to thank you immensely. I was born and raised in a strong Christian home and have read numerous books pertaining to strengthening our walk with God but NONE have compared to this!
Your writing was fun and easy to read, but contained elaborate diction, symbolism and parallelism! I enjoyed it through my personal love for literature but also through my insane love and passion for God. This book seemed to contain all the topics I really needed at the specific times I read the chapters (funny how God does that.) I am so glad you have this email and website where people can connect with you and I thank you so much for your writing! God Bless and I hope to see you speak one day!
Sincerely and God Bless,
Class of 2012
I share that email not to toot my horn or advertise my book, but to show the graciousness of God and the truth of Hebrews 6:10 in action.
"God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them." ~ Hebrews 6:10
With Hannah's sweet email God gave me a gold medal of sorts, showing me one of the ways my hard work came to fruition. I believe He will do the same for you. So let this verse encourage you to work hard this week. Because God gives out golds.