Gabrielle Douglas, America’s golden girl who stole the show at the 2012 Summer Olympics Games as part of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team known as the “Fierce Five,” is now a published author. Throughout her career, Gabby has been vocal about her faith, stating her motivation from the scriptures and dependence on prayer. Her message to inspire others is that anything is possible if you just believe.
The road to gold was not paved with diamonds. On August 26, Douglas spoke to talk show queen Oprah about racist bullying. She says the taunting nearly made her quit the sport. Through it all, Gabby says that her faith has played a huge rule in her success.
In her autobiography called, Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith, Doublas shares her story of how she and her family struggled from homelessness to the day she almost left gymnastics before the 2012 Olympic trials. Finally, she saw her faith come to fruition.
She had to make a tough decision to leave her family at the young age of fourteen to live full-time with a host family so she could be close to her coach, Mr. Liang Chow. After a fmaily visit just before the 2012 Olympic trials, she was very homesick and ready to pack her bags. Her mother urged her to reconsider, not wanting Douglas to spend a single day wondering, “what if” – a decision that would prove worth its weight in gold.
Douglas told CBN News that knowing God had a plan for her is what kept her motivated. She said that prayer also played a major role in her life journey.
“Before the all-around competition,” she said, “I was just praying to God and saying, ‘Thank you for all, God… No matter what happens tomorrow I’m still going to be with you. Win or lose I’m still going to bless you and I’m still going to give you all the glory because you brought me here.”
The already enormously accomplished gymnast who will turn 17 on New Year’s Eve, is the first African American to be named the world’s best all-around gymnast. She is also the first American to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions in the same Olympic games.
Watching the Olympic games, when you saw Gabby’s lips moving without a sound, that was her praying, she says.
Gabby says that her mother taught her to pray and learn of the scriptures. Her mother also prayed for her when she was a sickly child, suffering from a rare blood disorder. Thank God for a praying mother.
Gabby and her mother have a testimony of what can happen when prayer meets faith.
HEBREWS 11:1 – 6
1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.