Thankful For Faithful Witnesses

Posted on August 24, 2016.

I love the Olympics and I am thankful for God giving committed believers an opportunity to lift up His name.

Two gold and two silver medals were placed around Simone Manuel's neck, but the first African-American woman to win an individual Olympic gold in swimming is giving God all of the credit for her achievements. "All I can say is all glory to God. I'm just so blessed to have a gold medal ... I'm just so blessed. It is an honor to represent the USA! God is working in me, I am so blessed and grateful."

Caeleb Dressel succeeded in leaving Rio with a gold medal. “I just put all my trust in God and knowing that he's going to take care of everything for me, good or bad," Dressel said. "I really learned to trust what God is doing, whether it be a rough point in your life or a top pinnacle in your life. You've just got to take pauses and really trust what he's doing. I find my happiness with what God's given me," the college junior said.

Laurie Hernandez is living her dream which has resulted in her being the youngest member of "The Final Five" team USA gymnasts who won gold medals during their women's team all-around competition. If that weren't enough of an accomplishment, she is the first U.S.-born Hispanic athlete to make the U.S. women's gymnastics Olympic team. The gymnast says she's able to handle the pressure that comes with her platform with prayer.

The Fiji Sevens rugby team captain, Osea Kolinisau, believes his team's relationship with God has propelled them to win their country's first-ever Olympic gold. "First of all, I thank the Lord, he has been our source of strength. We reminded each other how God had taken us through the last two years and that the same God that we serve is here with us in Rio, Our faith in God is really, really strong and we know he's our source of strength .”

Anna Van Der Breggen, a cylist from the Netherlands, believes she won because of her faith."On the bike you're quite vulnerable. That was proven last year when I broke my pelvis during the World Cup; something like that can have major consequences. Still, I felt calm as I thought, God is there, even when things like that happen."

While there were certainly other Christians in the Games in Rio, these are just an example of believers who seized the opportunity to take a stand for Jesus. Shouldn’t we be ready to take a stand in our daily lives as God brings opportunities into our lives?

Thankful for faithful Witnesses,
Bro. Jerry