The competition in the on-going Olympic Games can be tough with certain athletes ear marked for success even before they begin their event.
The pressure is on and the weight of expectation from commentators, journalists and the public can be overwhelming for many of the competitors.
One such athlete, a female member of Team GB, has a recorded personal best race time that could easily qualify for an olympic final.
However on the day of her qualifying heat, she was unable to produce the standard that she was known for and did not progress to the final stage.
Asked by one journalist if she was disheartened, she responded (with a smile) that despite not living up to expectations, she was simply grateful to be part of the race- that it was her dream to run at the olympics, no matter what the outcome.
We can all learn from her attitude and learn to give thanks in any circumstance. Even when faced with disappointment, we can give thanks to God for all the many blessings in our lives and trust in Him.
A new triumph, according to His plan, could be just around the corner.
Father, we give thanks to you for your countless blessings in our lives
We are grateful for the family and friends we have who support us
For the air in our lungs, for the clarity of our minds,
for the strength in our limbs, for the food we can eat,
for the opportunities we are given, for the praise we receive.
Lord we also thank you when we fail and don’t meet expectations (including our own)
We give thanks that in spite of this, you continue to love us unconditionally,
that you open doors for us when they appear to be shut
and you lead us on new paths,
for the glory of your Kingdom.
Then you will win favour and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.