Representing your country is no small responsibility. People take pride in the athletes who go to compete on behalf of their nation. They live through the athletes vicariously, shouting for joy in the victory and sharing the disappointment in defeat. For many athletes, the weight of representing their country is a burden they gladly bear. Running around the track for a victory lap carrying their flag across their shoulders or hearing their anthem played as they receive the gold medal imparts a national pride that carries deep within. Tears often roll down the faces of victors at the sound of their national anthem because at that moment, more than a personal best has been achieved—a whole nation celebrates the achievement of their athlete.
We are citizens of God’s kingdom, representing Him everywhere we go and in everything we do. We have fellow citizens who are praying for us, lifting us up before our King of kings daily, encouraging us to stand firm, trust in the Lord, and to do all things as unto the Lord. We have a higher calling than what our nation calls us to; we have a calling from God Most High to represent Him to the nations of the world.
Prayer: Father, help me represent You as You want to be represented. Use Your Spirit in my life in such a way that only Your love is expressed freely through me, and people are drawn to Your presence.
Pairs Figure Skating
W Ice Hockey
M Speed Skating
W/M Cross-Country Skiing
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