Monday, July 30, 2012

Torch passing

The Olympic Opening Ceremony provided some great moments ...

the Queen and James Bond, (love that gutsy Elisabeth II) 

Mr. Bean and Chariots of Fire, (reminded me of the Sesame Street version of Chariots of Fire when the girls were little)

the young kids jumping on the lit up beds, (Peter Pan)  

and getting tucked in by a host of Mary Poppins figures. (I saw the movie Mary Poppins in Viet Nam when some GI's invited our family over.)  

But my favorite moment of all came near the end ... so I was so glad I had stayed up late.

seven young British athletes

I loved the symbolism of seven young British athletes receiving the torch, stopping to thank and hug their mentors, lighting each others' torch and then together lighting the iconic cauldron ... the classic symbol that the Olympics has begun.

This bit of the opening show reminded me of two characteristics that I highly value:

          1. honoring those that go before us. Those young athletes stopping to greet and hug the British medal winners that have gone before them made me very happy.

          2. passing on what the older folk knows to the younger generation. Each of the seven young athletes had a mentor that chose them. The mentors were former medal winners.

Hmm ... I think I have read these great principles before:

Romans 13:7 - "Give honor to whom honor is due."

II Timothy 2:2 - "And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to faithful men (and women) who will be able to teach others also."

lighting the 206 pedals of the cauldron
Do not even get me started on the symbolism of the synergy of these 206 pedals coming together to make the ... Olympic Cauldron. 

*Who are you honoring?

*Who are you investing in intentionally?

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  1. I love this analogy, Glenda.


  2. Yes, my favorite part, too. We sing a song sometimes, "We will carry the torch from generation to generation..."

  3. Wonderful post. I have the second half of the ceremonies recorded. I need to finish it.

  4. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed the opening ceremonies until I saw all your highlights here. I also enjoyed every one of those.

    Who am I honoring? I hope I continue to honor my parents, even though they are no longer with me, and I hope I'm investing in my children to grow more in love with the Lord.

  5. Amazing questions, Glenda, as always. I am leading a women's retreat in September that is focusing on this generational mentoring and passing of the torch!

  6. I rarely miss having television anymore as I have been without it for the last six years and barely watched it the year before that. But I miss watching the Olympics; they were the focus of my dream for over a decade.

    I'm trying to honor the memories of my parents Tom & Bette, sister-in-law April, and dear friend Julie who all went home between December of 2003 and March of 2006. In addition, I hope I am honoring all the women's Bible study teachers I've had over the years, which includes you, my dear friend.

    Who I'm investing in is harder since my kids are all grown and gone. It may sound strange, but in a very real way, I think I am investing in me. I'm trying to overcome the hurts, habits and hang-ups of my past in order to become the woman God always intended for me to be. I knew that chipping away at the rough edges would not be easy--change never is, and obeying God isn't always either. But more importantly, I realize that it was never intended to be easy. We are to offer ourselves to God as living sacrifices, right? Well, somehow the second half of the verse in 1 Chronicles 21:24 came to mind and it actually seems to fit: "I will not offer [burnt] offerings that cost me nothing." If it doesn't cost me anything, is it really a sacrifice? Just some thoughts running through my head tonight.

  7. hi glenda,
    thanks for your reflections on the lighting of the cauldron!
    hugs, becky

  8. Glenda, the sight of all those flower petals coming up to make one flame.......was inspired and anointed, if you ask me.
    yep, pretty powerful.

    wonderful post here about honoring others. right on. :-)
    bless you

  9. Great thoughts, Glenda - and thanks for all the bits of wisdom you pass on to us!

  10. Glenda, I appreciate your analogy! Thanks for reminding me through your questions that what I'm doing with the boys is important. Your wisdom is appreciated! Thanks for sharing and enriching our lives!! Hugs, Michelle

  11. i am a sucker for symbolism
    i just can't help it..daily it happens to me
    my kids say i am "preaching" again. not that I
    am preaching but that I am teaching from life and
    how it is connected in various ways..
    it is a family joke now but I keep on. someday
    they will understand:)
    beautiful post....xo

  12. I missed the part with the Queen but saw the torch lighting. I am always moved almost to tears at this sort of thing. So inspiring and at their age filled with such hope. Lovely post Glenda.

  13. I missed the opening ceremonies =( I enjoyed reading about what you saw =) Who am I investing in.... All those faces you see on my Blog =)

    Take care, my friend!

  14. My 13 year old son
    is way into the Olympics
    this time around, so it
    is on the tv or the i-pad
    all day long. I have to
    admit, I love hearing it
    in the background, even
    when I'm not watching,
    and especially enjoy all
    the feature stories on the
    athletes and on England
    and her history.

    Happy Thursday, Glenda!

    xo Suzanne

  15. Very thoughtful, Glenda! I am following you!

  16. Great questions -- I love when honorable characteristics are portrayed. We really can honor those before us and keep entrusting.

    When we entrust to others, we do honor those before us, too.

  17. Good food for thought Glenda, as usual - thanks! I love the idea of passing on a legacy to my children and grandchildren whether through food, fun, stories from the past or just pointing them to Jesus!

  18. I always look forward to the opening ceremonies. I love the questions you have posed.Have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  19. Queen E. and James B. were my favorite...fabulous! Hope you have a fabulous August...enjoy, have fun and God speed, Glenda. I'm working on a surprise and will announce it on my blog in Sept. Hopefully.


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