To the Olympics... and Beyond
Not all marathons in life are fun and games.
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
August 13, 2004
To the Olympics... and Beyond_Greg Asimakoupoulos-Not all marathons in life are fun and games
To the country where it all began,
The Games return again.
The strong and fleet (with gold their aim)
compete with wills to win.
To the birthplace of democracy
the nations make their way.
They’ll prove all ideologies
give way to sport and play.
In the city where Saint Paul once stood
defending Christ as Lord,
the cheering crowds will stand as well
when winning goals are scored.
In the scheme of things The Games we love
(at best) are but mere games.
We’ll soon forget the record times
and most contenders’ names.
Still and all there is a marathon
that won’t be run in Greece.
It’s not for silver, gold or bronze.
It’s not a ploy for peace.
It’s a race (by grace) you too can run.
You’ve been qualified by One
who finished first without a fall,
then died when he was done.
It requires strength to persevere.
It’s not a common race.
But those who cross this finish line
will greet God’s smiling face.
So run as if you’re there in Greece.
Maintain your pace and stride.
Press on toward the goal you seek
for which the Savior died.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
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