Team USA

The games in London dominated The Old Fool’s TV viewing these days.  The phrase “team USA” captured his attention as he watched the Americans compete against, for and with each other.  An American athlete, whether he or she  wins gold, silver, or bronze or no medal at all will emerge at the end to  celebrate team USA. 

Zach Lehman learning the skills of the game

Each athlete is determined to be the best at their game.  They trained diligently to that end. But, the celebration of winning in team USA can not happen with out a spirit of good will toward all the competitors. 

It appears that women athletes will receive more medals then men athletes for the first time. As the games come to an end this week, The Old Fool expects that all the american athletes will celebrate one team USA. 

In the Bible there are metaphors of the Christian as an athlete.  Life is described as being like a race or a boxing match.  We must train rigorously to win against detractors.  The Old Fool expects that God is treating us as winners already.

To win over unbelief there must be good will among Christians.  Unity is a required for the team Jesus to win.  To subscribe to these notes you may go to  

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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2 Responses to Team USA

  1. Gerri Lehman says:

    Although, I think that creeds are interesting, it seems to me that we Christians are becoming more united as a team forgetting demoninational lines. What do you think?

  2. I agree that denominational lines are fading, but it seems there are may be ideologies that divide us when we over emphasize them. I think we have a good way to go to meet the ideal.

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