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Fired Up – For Keeps

September 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Going Global, Monthly Articles

The London Olympics wrapped up sixteen days of competition in a sound and light extravaganza, dazzling thousands of spectators and competitors in the stadium, and millions in the world-wide audience.

A special moment came as the towering Olympic Torch was lowered, spreading out to reveal how metallic flower petals had each carried gas-fed flames into the whole inferno. And with one petal for each competing country, national teams are returning home with extra reminders.

Everyone leaves the Games with special memories. The motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (faster, higher, stronger) will have more a personal meaning: from medals, personal bests, new records, new friendships and new goals. Some will remember failing to compete though injury or faulty equipment or, regrettably, through being disqualified.

Future champions have begun dreaming and planning, copying Australia’s hurdling gold-medallist Sally Pearson. Pearson explains that her drive to compete started in her early teens, when she watched fellow-Aussie Cathy Freeman’s gold-winning sprint at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Away from sports headlines, we can also dream and plan our life goals. But we aren’t on our own, because God promises to be with us on the inside: generating confidence, help and clarity to face what lies ahead; and releasing His forgiveness for whatever tries to disqualify us from our past.

He never got this started by dismembering a torch and handing out cold reminders – but by releasing His followers with energy and warmth – so others can also access His acceptance and trust, and start spreading them around.   

Noel Mitaxa

On behalf of a church near you

Inviting you to explore God’s love   

 

Noel Mitaxa On behalf of a church near you, Inviting you to explore God’s grace   Noel Mitaxa is from South Eastern Australia and has been in ministry since 1973, firstly with Churches of Christ – similar to the Disciples in the USA – until 1990, when he moved to a faith-based inter-based inter-church sports ministry of sports evangelism, sports chaplaincy and sports media, before returning to pastoral ministry with Baptist Churches in 1996. Throughout his ministries, he has always aimed at building the kinds of churches that express God’s love practically, as much as verbally.  Most recently, this included a community centre for woodworking, a community garden and counseling and education programs. He also enjoys the methanol fix of speedway chaplaincy, in which he has served nine seasons as the Head Rev of all those rev heads!

He and his wife Judy have been married for 35 years; their four kids have grown up and they have three grandchildren. His writing began in 1982, with his first weekly Good News column, which has always focused on helping unchurched people to realize that God loves them and that He is already there for them.  The column has also been a tool for feeding and starting ‘water cooler’ conversations among Christians and non-Christians.  He also writes for Cypress Times in Houston TX.

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