Skating on thick ice!

The November, 2016, issue of People Magazine carried an article on Scott Hamilton.  If you don’t remember, Hamilton was an ice skating Olympic gold medalist for the U.S. in 1984 and has since gone on to other skating venues, some sports and Olympic broadcasting, and training other potential Olympic ice skaters.  After the Olympics and as a professional, Hamilton toured with the Ice Capades and later with Stars on Ice, having started that program.  He has been very active in volunteering his time to Special Olympics and serves as the Global Ambassador for Special Olympics.

Hamilton rallied through testicular cancer in 1997, then brain tumors in 2004 and 2010, both requiring touch and go surgery.  The 58-year-old ice skating legend recently announced that he once again was having to fight another brain tumor.  The eternal optimist, Hamilton recognizes his latest adversity as just another leg in life’s journey and considers himself to be “blessed beyond my wildest imagination.”  In explaining his perseverant perspective he said, “The first thing I teach skaters…is how to get up, because we’re gonna fall.” He went on to say, “The more times you get up, the stronger you are.” (People, 11/7/16, p.57) {Just FYI, Hamilton is married with three sons and one daughter and lives in the Franklin, Tennessee area, outside Nashville.}

Hamilton is a Christian.  He has often spoken of his faith saying, “I understand that through a strong relationship with Jesus, you can endure anything.  God is there to guide you through the tough spots.  God was there every single time–every single time.”  This next Sunday we share the second message in our Life Crossings series, titled: Bad things do happen to good people.  As believers, we are not exempt from the difficult times of life.  Things will come our way; but in Christ Jesus, in God’s care, we are skatin’ on THICK ice!

Throughout his life, Scott has had a platform from which to share, on ice rinks around the world as well as behind the microphone, his testimony of faith in a God who cares and has always been there.  We may not have such opportunities, but we can have the same confidence and should take every opportunity to thank the Lord for His faithfulness to us–by faithfully “skating” for Him!

Oh, by the way, if you have not read Hamilton’s book from 2008, maybe you should.  It’s title: The Great Eight: How to be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to Be Miserable).

Put on your skates and let’s “skate for Jesus”!

Pastor Bob

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