Gold Medal Olympian Gabby Douglas Gives Glory to God!

    Gabby Douglas, a 16-year-old American gymnast, won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London! Douglas is the first American gymnast to win the gold medal in the individual and team women’s all-around competitions at the same Olympics. She’s also the first African-American woman to be the individual all-around champion.

    In an NBC interview, Douglas expressed her love and thankfulness to God, giving Him all of the glory! Her testimony is going to impact millions and she is a light to many who have watched the Olympics. According to NBC, Douglas said,

     I give all the glory to God. It’s kind of a win-win situation. The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me (NBC Olympics).

    [Photo Credit: Washington Post ]

    Douglas is making her mark on the world by giving God all of the credit.

    Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me (Psalm 103:2).

    [Photo Credit: AP/Julie Jacobson)

    As the Olympics continue and we witness some of the most amazing athletes from all over the world compete, I cannot help but think about the Olympic games spiritually. It reminds me of when Paul described running the race of faith.

     Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable (1 Corinthians 9:24-25).

    The Olympics are special–we get to see people who are willing to train, discipline themselves and work hard do what they love. All of the competitors are valued, whether they win the gold or not. The race they are running is an admirable competition and one of high honor.

    Remember, PI readers, we are in the same type of training spiritually. We are running in the Olympics of God’s Kingdom. We train by reading his word, through prayer, through fellowship and coming together with the body of Christ and his people. We also have to discipline ourselves by not doing things that are unhealthy for our spirit. We too need to train, be around similar spiritual athletes and will be on display in a way that people will admire our love and dedication for God’s Olympics and His Kingdom!

    Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:25).

    Douglas is not only winning the earthly crown, but also is sharing in the eternal as well! What a double portion!! Let us pray for those who are believers and are in the spotlight to continue to shine their light and be put on display for God’s glory to be known!

    Have you been watching the Olympics? Who’s your favorite athlete?

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.


    1. When I was watching Douglas compete, she would always smile and not be worried about what the judges thought. I could tell that there was a light inside her that wasn’t appearing in most other athletes. Its kind of funny because I was asking and praying to God about it. I prayed that she was a follower of Christ because she could have such an impact on people’s lives! Prayers = Answered ! Hurray for God and Douglas!

    2. My favorite athletes are Kirani James and Gabby Douglas 🙂 Gabby has such a sweet, bubbly personality, and Kirani has such great sportsmanship — plus he’s down to earth. They’re both awesome! Did anyone see the two women in the 200m semifinals giving glory to God after they ran? They were interviewed, and one woman was just like, “God is so awesome!” That was pretty cool 🙂

    3. I LLLLOOOOOOOVVVEEEE GABBY DOUGLAS! At first it was just because of her amazing talent as a gymnast, but when she said that quote about giving the glory to God it just made me love her and admire her so much more. There have also been other athletes like April Ross the beach volleyball player who have said things about God helping them win……

    4. I have absolutely loved watching the gymnastics this olympics. Gabby always has a huge smile on her face and I heard her say in an interview that she doesn’t perform for the judges or the audience but for God. She is so cheerful and such a strong young girl!

    5. “The glory goes up to him and the blessings fall down on me” I will always remember that statement. That will always remind me to praise God all I can, learn about Him more, and put all my faith in Him. I love God! Congrats to Miss Douglas she is such an inspiration to me!

    6. When I first saw Gabby Douglas compete, the first thing I noticed was her smile. It’s amazing how you can just see the light in her before you ever hear that she’s a Christian. We tend to talk a lot about our faith, but we don’t always show it with our actions and attitudes. She let the whole world see her faith just by the confidence and joy in her smile! I think we should all strive to shine like that!

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