Someone recently forwarded me an item from Christianity Today titled “Meet the Rio Olympians Who Put God Before Gold”. The article covered interviews with 2016 Olympic Team USA Christian athletes. I was struck by the variety of people and stories they had, as well as the perspective many of them held even though they were the very best of the best in their professions. As they speak, let God speak to you too.
Shawn Johnson (gymnast) – even if I won “12 more Olympic gold medals…it’s not my purpose in life, and He will always be my greatest reward.”
Madeline (Maya) DiRado (swimmer) – “I think God cares about my soul and whether I’m bringing his love and mercy into the world. Can I be a loving, supportive teammate, and can I bless others around me in the same way God has been so generous with me?”
Michelle Carter (track and field) – “People notice how I am living out my faith. Sometimes it takes me by surprise how much they notice. Even when no one is looking, the way I act is important because it is a reflection of how I walk with Christ.”
Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon) – “I really think you just have to keep God as your focal point and know that he is always number one. When you do that, it will help you to gain perspective on everything in life—not just endurance sports.”
Jordan Burroughs (wrestling) – “I’ve been blessed with tremendous gifts, and it’s my job to use those gifts to inspire others. As a man of faith, I take great responsibility in being a good steward of my talent. God has created unique … avenues to allow me to glorify him.”
David Smith (volleyball) – “It’s been a big thing for me to understand that my joy and my peace do not revolve around my performance or how I do compared to other people. My joy comes from the fact that I am playing a game I love and that He created me to play.”
As you reflect on these quotes, check out more from Shawn Johnson in the video below.