Currently, a gold medal is not worth as much as it was worth in the past. Gold medals awarded at the Olympic games prior to 1912 were pure 24 karat gold, but since then, the ‘gold’ medal is in fact about 92% silver gilded by about 6 grams of gold plating.
That makes a gold medal only worth a little more than $700 if you melted it down, but we all know that you do not win a gold medal to melt it down. There are much easier ways to make $700 when you consider the physical and emotional expenses of travel, competitions, trainers, and training schedules.
However, for each athlete that achieves the feat of winning the gold, he/she will always be known as a “Gold Medal Winner!” Being the best of the best is incentive enough.
Gold medal winners are not always left empty-handed; the average winner can earn over a million dollars in speaking engagements, sponsorships and a host of other endeavors, so winning a gold really does have its benefits.
It is the same way in our lives, if we live well and please God in all we do, we will be able to stand before God and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”(Matthew 25:22-23 That is the ultimate medal!
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D