Spending for Gold

August 24, 2016

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I kind of like the Olympics, I don’t watch a lot of them but do enjoy what I watch and enjoy cheering on the home team.

And then I stop and think about how much the Olympics cost.  Montreal finally paid for the 1976 games in 2006.  Was it any wonder the Olympic Stadium was nicknamed “The Big Owe”?

My personal investment in the Canadian team was a little over $3.50.  Which isn’t a lot until you multiply it by our population and realize that each of our medals cost Canadians 5.5 million dollars.  Not a bad deal when you discover the Australians paid double that for their medals. And I don’t begrudge it, that’s just the price of a couple of cups of coffee over four years. 

But I wonder why countries like Brazil, where over half the population lives in poverty, feel the need to spend tens of billions of dollars to host the games?  Guess it goes back to what my Daddy used to say, “I’m spending money I don’t have, to buy things I don’t need, to impress people I don’t like.”

I will never be responsible for Olympic spending, but God expects me to be responsible with what he has given me, and that is enough of a challenge.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.