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Always be joyful. Pray regularly. In everything give thanks, for this is what God wants from you who are united with the Messiah Yeshua. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, CJB


Even though there are many people who are ecstatic about Gabby Douglas’ gold-medal win in the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around event (a victory that makes her the first African-American woman to ever win said competition), as a Christian African-American myself, I have to say that my jubilation is over Gabby’s praises of God and the Glory that she gives to Him for the gold. According to The Christian Post reporter/contributor, Daniel Blake, during a NBC interview that followed her historic win, Gabby thanks and praises God. This young Christian gymnast is quoted as saying:

It is everything I thought it would be; being the Olympic champion, it definitely is an amazing feeling. And 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. ~ Gabrielle Douglas

Later, on her Twitter account, she also makes several tweets in which she praises and gives thanks to God. One of those tweets is as follows:

Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me. ~ Gabrielle Douglas

What an awe-inspiring testimony!

Yes, Gabby’s gold-medal win in the Women’s Gymnastics All-Around event certainly has secured her a place in U.S. Olympic history, but honestly that fact really is pale in significance, especially when I think about her place in eternity that she also has secured. For sure, the heavenly place that Christ Jesus is going to take His Body of Believers (Bride) to, after He meets them in the air, far exceeds any Olympic gold medal glitter and hoopla. In fact, according to the apostle Paul:

…the Tanakh says, ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love him.’ ~ 1 Corinthians 2:9, CJB

For this reason, there can be no doubt that some of the heavenly “things” that will be more prized than any Olympic gold medal are an eternal Heaven and the great heavenly city’s street that is paved in pure gold, transparent as glass (cf. Revelation 21:21). As an overcomer, Gabby not only will be able to see this street but also she will be able to walk on it, just because she is an heir of salvation. More important, this future “gold” is something she never has to compete against others to receive.

Here’s looking forward to the eternal city’s gold!  Shalom.