The World United…London 2012

I write this now as I watch the closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. While the ceremonies are full of energy and everyone is in high spirits, it is a good reminder of the amazing feats of athleticism experienced over the course of the past two weeks; a brief period of time when the world was seemingly united in London and across the globe. Nations stood side by side, cheering on their respective competitors, while also admiring the athletes from other countries.

Like it is with every set of Games, there was a mix of favored winners and unexpected upsets. World and personal records were broken, and in some cases shattered, as athletes put in more effort than ever before. Medals were won and received to the sound of national anthems from across the globe.

I am thankful for past two weeks and the range of emotions brought upon by the Olympic Games. I always enjoy them and look forward to the next set already (less than two years until Winter 2014 in Russia!!).

To all the athletes- well done to each and everyone of you. Whether you took home a medal or not, know that you are still one of the best and that your hard work and determination will serve as inspiration to countless people in every corner of the earth.

Team USA 2012. Sp proud of all of them! Final medal count: 104 (46G, 29S, 29B)! USA USA USA

Photos from the Olympics: http://sports.yahoo.com/photos/olympics-best-photos-of-the-london-olympics-slideshow/

National Day of Prayer

Today, as it is the first Thursday of May, is the nationally-recognized National Day of Prayer.

Personally, I am still surprised that our nation, in all its political correctness and attempt to separate church and state, still allows this day to be observed. However, I am not complaigning and am glad that it has continued to be observed. This is truly a special day, one that reminds us to give thanks to God above and continue to seek His guidence and direction in our lives.

So today, on this year’s National Day of Prayer, I urge you to take a moment and spend it in prayer and reflection. Say a prayer for those around you, for our nation, our leaders and anything else you feel called to pray over. No matter your religion (or lack thereof), you can still partake in this day. Take a moment from the noise and business of life…embrase solitude and silence…reflect on life.

I am thankful for this day and will truly give thanks to God today for all that He has given me and what He has in store for me. However, prayer is more than a once a year tradition…I choose to follow the words to the Lord:

 

It’s Half Time, America. Let’s Rally.

Clint Eastwood’s advertisement from half time at the Super Bowl. Yes, it is ultimately a car advertisement, but it is so much more than that. It is truly time for our country to get our head in the game and pull ourselves out of this slump…it’s our time for a comeback. Nothing’s going to happen unless we all work/play together. Take a listen and let me know what you think.