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).
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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).
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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?