To God Be The Glory
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
"The glory goes up to Him, and the blessings fall down on me." Recognize those words? I was watching the Olympics a few nights ago when Gabby Douglas won the gold medal for the all-around in women's gymnastics in London. Those were her words in an interview on the stadium floor. I was pretty impressed that this young woman was able to express herself and her faith so beautifully. Shortly after that, she was said to have tweeted "Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me."
Like all US Olympians, Gabby has sacrificed a great deal in her quest to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympics. The majority of her 16 years have been in preparation for that great day. Sacrifice is a word that she is well acquainted with. In order to train, she has lived the past two years away from her mom and siblings. That was a sacrifice not only for Gabby, but for her family as well. I can not imagine the pain of letting my little girl move more than 1,000 miles away from my loving watch. But Gabby had a dream to fulfill, and her mom knew she needed to let her go.
My guess is that Gabby has read I Corinthians 9:24-27 once or twice. "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 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. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize."
Gabby is a wise young woman indeed. She knows that while striving to be the best in her sport, there is another calling that we as Christians have. In Acts 20:24, Paul said something similar: "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace."
Gabby was a witness for her faith in front of a worldwide audience. She was not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. Next time we have an opportunity to share the goodness of our God, what will we do? Will we hesitate, or will we boldly proclaim His glory?