Michael Edwards faced an uphill battle to become an Olympian. He was born on December 5, 1963 into a normal home where his mother worked in an aluminum-door factory and his father worked as a plasterer, as did his father and his father before him.
After failing at other attempts to secure a spot on the British Olympic team, Edwards succeeded as an Olympic ski jumper. One reporter said, “He was a heavy, farsighted man who, oddly enough, became the best ski jumper in the entire United Kingdom.” In the 1987 World Championships, he became the first British Olympic ski jumper to qualify since 1928.
His dream was finally achieved by his “never give up” attitude. “Eddie the Eagle,” wore six pairs of socks inside hand-me-down ski boots with an attitude to ignore the voices that were telling him to quit. He achieved a status that very few ever do, becoming an Olympic Athlete. The 22-year old athlete told the press: “In my case, there are only two kinds of hope—Bob Hope and no hope.”
God wants us to stand firm in the face of great opposition. It is God’s strength which helps us to stand rock solid on the foundation He puts us on when we place our faith and trust in Him. We should stand courageously against every opposing voice trying to sway us away from our faith. Staying alert to the barriers we face from our culture should be a top priority in the life of every growing follower of Jesus. –Jim L. Wilson and Kevin C. Hall
1 Corinthians 16:13–14 (HCSB) “Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. 14 Your every action must be done with love.”