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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?

Image: Nbcolympics.com


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  1. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on December 15, 2012 at 17:14

    Thisk is soooo awesome!!!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by MARESA101 on August 17, 2012 at 19:51

    good thing she praised god

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by cowgirl98 on August 13, 2012 at 12:26

    i hope she inspires other famous sixteen year old kids to not loose sight of God when they win.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Liv on August 11, 2012 at 09:23

    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!

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by beautifulsmiler02 on August 10, 2012 at 17:35

    I heard she lost some fans for giving the glory to God, but she also gained so much more! (:

    • Dani_Gonzalez

      Posted by Dani_Gonzalez on August 10, 2012 at 20:34

      I \loooove Gaby Douglas too she is so inspirational she deserves the fame she has 🙂

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Fernie on August 10, 2012 at 17:12

    i love how u can see a sincere, thankful, humblr smile on her face<3 whatt a light<3 lets keep shining our lights girls<3 love u guys<3:)

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by LynneOceanTide on August 9, 2012 at 20:53

    “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!

  8. DanieB

    Posted by DanieB on August 9, 2012 at 12:44

    That’s just so awesome!! <33

  9. Project Inspired

    Posted by Vicki on August 9, 2012 at 11:46

    Way to go Gabby! God Bless! (:

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by kalarochelle on August 8, 2012 at 18:43

    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!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Desiree Mae on August 8, 2012 at 16:58

    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……

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on August 8, 2012 at 16:34


  13. RAGdoll392

    Posted by RAGdoll392 on August 8, 2012 at 14:02

    I’ve been rooting for Gabby ever since the trials. I’m so happy that this victory has come to such a wonderful person, and Gabby certainly deserves it!

  14. Paris

    Posted by Paris on August 8, 2012 at 13:59

    16 and has a relationship with God,that is why her light shines so bright. That type of person is getting more and more rare.

  15. sierra96

    Posted by sierra96 on August 8, 2012 at 13:53

    Love her!!!!!! What a girl she knows who to give the glory to!!! and in return God is blessing her!!!

  16. leahgrace99

    Posted by leahgrace99 on August 8, 2012 at 13:52

    I am loving the Olympics! Gabby Douglas is definitely one of my faves!

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kathrie on August 8, 2012 at 12:58

    LOL I was wondering if anyone else noticed her praising God…. 🙂

  18. Livelikeurdying

    Posted by Livelikeurdying on August 8, 2012 at 12:45

    I watched her perform, she did AMAZING! She was different then all the other girls. I loved what she said to the interviewer! It was so awesome! I admire her so much!! GOO GABBYYY!

  19. Project Inspired

    Posted by jlm on August 8, 2012 at 12:30

    I always knew she had a light inside of her-that gorgeous smile almost never left her face! She was always so joyful and sure of herself. I truly look up to her 🙂

  20. faulty-but-real

    Posted by faulty-but-real on August 8, 2012 at 11:23

    wow! she’s awesome!!! she’s always got a smile!

  21. bubbletealuver

    Posted by bubbletealuver on August 8, 2012 at 11:20

    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 🙂

  22. kwind26

    Posted by kwind26 on August 8, 2012 at 11:06

    I look up to Gabby. Shes only 16 and shes world famous. God really works in different ways than we expect. Thx for sharing, Nicole!

  23. ChildofGod

    Posted by ChildofGod on August 8, 2012 at 09:01

    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!