How about the women from Canada at the Olympics? They definitely made their mark in history, and rose to the occasion. Of course I loved watching the gymnastics, but I also found the woman’s rugby fascinating. I never enjoyed rugby, because I thought it was barbaric, but this time, something captivated me.
What captivated me, you may wonder? I stumbled across an interview on the life of the team captain, Jen Kish. It was incredible. She was estranged from her mother, and was raised by her father and he inspired her with his determination to succeed in life, no matter the obstacles, and his “I can do anything” attitude.
Once I heard her story, and saw one particular tattoo that was on her neck, I just found the sport more remarkable. Everyone has a story, and for her to rise above what she went through, make it to the Olympics and lead her team to win a medal, made me so proud of her.
People may judge her because she is littered with tattoos, and seems very punk like, but in reality, she is a sweet, passionate lady, that learns from her experiences. Her father worked two jobs helping support her dream, and while she was pursing this dream she was also going through a painful time with her brother.
This lady’s story gripped me and I wanted to learn more. I started to pay close attention to all her tattoos. One arm reads “Dance like no one is watching, Sing like no one is listening.” The other reads “Laugh like you’ve never been hurt, Live like it’s heaven on earth.” Then on her bicep she has written, “Live true” and “Love life.” Another tattoo reads “What I do today is important.” The one that grabbed my attention initially was, “In God I trust”. She reports that she got this tattoo when she was 19 and that she believes in God, but not in organized religion.
After hearing this, I started thinking how many of the Olympians have very sad stories and it made me appreciate their accomplishments even more. I read gymnast, Gabby Douglas’s, book after her last Olympics and what she went through was unreal. Again, she relied heavily on her spiritual connection and relationship with God to get her to where she is and gives God all the credit for her accomplishments.
James 1:2-4 teaches, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
Is it a coincident that all the athletes I seem to read and hear about have a strong spiritual side? I don’t think so. These athletes do exactly as James 1:2-4 teaches them. They use their trials as a form of testing of their faith and they become steadfast in the belief and power of God, and they eventually become perfect and complete, lacking nothing, just like God’s word says!
Next time you come across a trial in your life, instead of complaining, thank God for the test and use it as a blessing to grow you into the perfect and complete person he has designed you to become. God is just like Jen Kish’s dad, and wants you to use the obstacles placed purposely in your path as a way to use your, “I can do anything attitude.”