I’ve always loved sports. Among my personal favorites is the Olympic Games. Each Olympic experience provides viewers moments of great inspiration. Over the years, NBC has enhanced one’s ability to be inspired by running those human interest clips between events that they’ve become famous for. These stories often entail the hardships and obstacles that Olympians face along the way. For me, these clips magnify my interests.
During the 2012 games, one such American athlete received much of the spotlight, Gabby Douglas. Without rehashing the entire story, Gabby’s family faced many hardships and sacrifices to give her an opportunity to be an Olympian. These included financial burdens and lengthy periods of time away from her family. It was also well documented that they placed great dependence on God during these years.
As a viewer, it struck me that there was an incredible amount of risk in Gabby’s choice to chase the Olympic dream. When weighing risk versus reward, it was a scary proposition. Despite the many sacrifices made by the ENTIRE family, there were no guarantees. There was no guarantee she would make the U.S. team. There was no guarantee that she would then make the Olympic team. And there was surely no guarantee that the Olympics would provide a happy ending…..and millions would be watching the story play out. That’s an almost insumountable amount of pressure. It must have taken A LOT of trust and faith to make it through the daily pressures and constant scrutiny that comes with this type of dream. But the Douglas family relied on God and dared to move forward with Gabby’s dream.
As a viewer, seeing it all play out with Gabby being awarded the gold medal, was very inspirational. Gabby’s words following her triumph made it memorable for me:
“ 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.”
Those are words to live by. What if WE fully place our faith and dependence on God and completely hand it ALL over to Him. What if we allow Him to lead us in our daily decision-making and our main focus in life is to glorify Him? How would doing this impact your parenting and the development of your children? How would it change your family? Remember, when the glory is going up to Him, ultimately the blessings will fall down on you. Once Gabby’s dreams were realized, she was able to use the platform of “Olympic Darling” to furthur the advancement of God. What does God have in mind for you and your family? You will never know until you allow Him to lead. It probably won’t lead you to the Olympics, but maybe something better.
Click the link below and watch Gabby give the glory to God.