Why I Love Le Tour

A person’s body is one thing, but it has many parts. Though there are many parts to a body, all those parts make only one body. Christ is like that also.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12

I’ve been watching a lot of sport recently.

Euro 2016 has been on, but I’ve not seen that much of it, mainly because I’m not that interested in football (that is, soccer).

More interesting for me is Le Tour de France. Firstly, because it goes through loads of beautiful French countryside. And right now, it’s in the Pyrenees, and since this time last week I’ve been watching Le Tour and wanting to live everywhere in France all at once…

It’s also great to see how much of a team sport cycling really is. Despite it being the individuals that get most of the credit (with stage wins, best climbers, best sprinters, and best overall), it is clear that the individual cannot do anything without the support of his team. The sprinters have a full-on lead out train, and the climbers have a team of domestiques.

The little I have seen of the football has seemed pretty much the opposite. The teams are all made up of individuals, yet the individuals do not seem to be part of the team. Indeed, teams like Iceland and Wales, who seemed to be inspired by the common goal and their cohesiveness helped them to beat supposedly far better teams.

Anyway, back to the cycling.

The cyclists themselves face gruelling ascents, terrifying descents (at 90km/h?!), and travel over 1,000km each week. That’s a massive test of endurance. And yes, many will abandon for various reasons, but most will make it through the 3 weeks.

Each aspect reminds me of something. The first aspect – the amazing scenery – reminds me of God’s creation. The scenery around both home and uni is nice, and is a beautiful reminder of God’s creation, but the impressive mountains of the Pyrenees, the Alps, and not forgetting the Auvergne, serve as a reminder to me of exactly how mighty God is.

The second aspect reminds me of various passages throughout the New Testament where Paul reminds the churches that whilst each one of us is different, we all have a purpose in the Kingdom of God. Some of us are able to effectively lead a large group of people; some of us are better suited to being in the background. But in order for the Church to be effective, everyone has to play a part.

The final aspect reminds me of life in general. It’s definitely not meant to be easy, but with God’s help we can get through.

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