Olympian 10: Ruth

Kirani James won the first Olympic medal for his country today. Not only was this the first medal for his country in the 28 years that they have been participating in the Olympics but it's the Gold medal. Not only did he win the Gold medal, he did it with class. Look for the video online and see this kid (he is still a teenager) shake the hand of every other athlete before taking his victory lap. Not only did he win a gold medal and do it with class, he also did it with grace and humility by recognizing the greatness of fellow athlete  Oscar Pistorius who had just lost the qualifying race the day before.

The inception of her nation was incest and drunkenness.
In order to satisfy their greed they sacrificed their children to the god Chemosh.
This is her ancestry, her people and yet with class she let's her mother-in-law know

Your people shall be my people,
And your God, my God.
 Where you die, I will die,
And there will I be buried.
The Lord do so to me, and more also,
If anything but death parts you and me.

She could have chosen to return with Orpah, she also could have stayed and told Naomi that " Look you need help, you are old and decrepit and need someone, so I'm here, be grateful. You owe me big time."
Consider it from a materialistic perspective Ruth was doing Naomi a favor and not the other way around. Even Boaz affirms this point when he first meets her. 

A couple of months (or years) later she seeks out Boaz at the threshing floor, and once again with humility and class she proposes to him and says“I am Ruth, your maidservant. Take your maidservant under your wing, for you are a close relative.” She could have found a young spry man but she didn't, she sought him out at the cover of night to provide him a perfect cover in case he wanted to refuse her. Boaz realizing his good fortune says "Are you sure you want an aged man like me"

and the rest is history. 

A classy faith is beautiful to behold because it bestows grace and favor on the unfortunate. Winning sometimes isn't everything, the manner in which you carry your victory also makes a powerful statement about your character. So the next time you succeed, remember that ....

An Olympian does not boast in oneself
An Olympian is one who treats others with dignity and grace

An Olympian is one whose victory is rooted in faith and tempered by grace. 

Ruth is an Olympian