More precious than Gold

Written for Pulpit view Hawick News 13th July 2012 – Major Steven Turner

Congratulations to Andy Murray – first Wimbledon Men’s finalist for 74 years. Also to Serena Williams for a triumphant comeback from injury. But mega-praise for wildcard Johnny Marray and his last-minute partner Freddy Nielsen for a real upset in the doubles!

Of course, for every competitor celebrating, a dozen will be wondering what went wrong: Rafa ousted by Rosol; the Australians beaten again by England; and southern hemisphere teams trampled in rugby by the Scots down-under.

Winning or losing are both tests of character; to reach the finals Andy Murray has had to work hard and keep his focus regardless of success or failure. Sadly the fame and fortune that come with winning prove too much for others, who crash and burn.

Most of us will never have the status or the money of a top sportsman. But we still need to keep a right perspective in the ups and downs of life. David wrote that the laws of God were “more precious than Gold.” And Jesus warned us not to seek riches but to love God and other people more than anything else.

As we cheer TeamGB towards gold medals, let’s remember this advice. Then we can weather the storms of life, create a society as God intended, and win the crown of eternal life.

About prophetable

My wife Elizabeth and I were commissioned as Officers (ministers) in The Salvation Army in 1997, and have served in appointments in England and Scotland. Since July 2016 I have been working in The Salvation Army's Scotland Office as combined parliamentary and ecumenical representative.
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