Row Row Row Your Boat

Olympic Rowing. That’s the sport that has my attention right now. I just keep thinking about it. I’m all ready to be googling it up so I can learn more–more about the training, the discipline, the “sync” of the sport. I’m completely taken in by the unity of the rowers.

I think it’s because it sets such a great picture for me of what we, as the church, are supposed to look like–smooth and graceful, yet strong and powerful–a team working together for a common purpose. Y’know, you just don’t see any rogue rowers out there doing their own thing, going their own way now do ya?

I don’t imagine it’s an easy thing, learning to work in unity like that. It takes practice; it takes failures and frustrations; it must take a ton of persistence, but man-oh-man, when you see them cutting through the water like they do, it’s a sight to see. It’s truly beautiful, and it appears to me that whatever it takes to achieve that kind of unity, it has to be worth it.

Maybe that’s another reason why Jesus chose fisherman as some of the first disciples. Surely they understood the principles of rowing as well as fishing.

. . . May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. John 17:23

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