The Olympians of Scripture
Are you still watching Olympic replays and highlights even though the games ended last week? We witnessed some remarkable feats at the Summer Olympic games. We've seen plenty of pictures that show the thrill of victory, and some, unfortunately, the agony of defeat.
This got me thinking about what sports some of the people from scripture would have participated in if the Olympics were held in those days. Leave your ideas in the comments below…
The 11 apostles. Working as a team, they'd dominate the field and go for the goal.
Alma and the four sons of Mosiah (Ammon, Aaron, Omner, and Himni). There's a starting five I'd put up against any Dream Team.
Enos, enough said.
The men's heavyweight gold medal winner set a world record with a total of 1,043 pounds ground to overhead (snatch + clean + jerk)! Samson could probably do more. Just don't cut his hair.
Paul with all his missionary trips had to have traveled the farthest while spreading the Gospel.
Nephi. With God's help and the Liahona, he guided the ship with his family halfway around the world to the Promised Land. He'd definitely be able to navigate the coastal waters of the host city.
Discus, shot put, hammer throw, or javelin
David. The boy could sling.
Noah. He was the best with animals.
Jonah. He was in the water longer than anyone.
Naomi and Ruth. By following her mother-in-law's lead, Ruth took a big plunge that paid off.
John. After Mary told him and Peter that Jesus' body was gone, I don't think Usain Bolt could have passed him to get to the tomb.
Job. No matter how hard he got hit, he got back on his feet.
There's a lot of hoopla surrounding the Olympic champions, but isn't it great to know that each of these scriptural heroes accomplished so much for the kingdom of God? Now, that's something to cheer for.
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