I was watching the 2012 Olympics and I saw the bloke called ‘Bolt’ run in a 200m race. While he was a fast runner, it was not his speed that caught my attention but his arrogance. This news article captures it.

“I am the greatest … the greatest ever,” he said….

On Twitter, Bolt calls himself, “The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen.” That might sound arrogant, but it’s the truth…

“He’s a true inspiration to everyone in the world, no matter what the sport, no matter what you do,” said Jamaica’s Warren Weir…

by Dan Bickley on Aug. 09, 2012, Arizona Republic News

What a load of rubbish! Bolt did anything but inspire me. He is not the first person to say “I am the greatest” (where is Muhammad Ali today?) – The emptiest vessels make the most noise. What a contrast he is to Jesus.

19He will not quarrel nor cry out, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

20A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench,

till He sends forth justice to victory;21and in His name nations will trust.”

Matt 12:19-21

Bolt calls out while Jesus is called upon (v.19). Bolt belittles while Jesus is tender to the bruised (v.20).  Bolt brings pride to Jamaica, Jesus brings salvation to the world (v.21).

Mimic Jesus not Bolt for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6)

Despite all this, Usain has good advice for Christians.

“Don’t think about the start of the race, think about the ending.”

Denis Oliver