Sunday evening we saw Jordyn Wieber reigning world champion gymnast lose the opportunity to compete for the women’s individual gold medal. Her friend Aly Raisman who was Jordyn’ s best friend and biggest competitor won a spot in the qualifying event to go to the finals. By placing higher than Jordyn in points she knocked out her friend’s possibility to go to the final.
When Jordyn found out she did not qualify she was devastated. We can only imagine how she felt. Training for years, hours each day with the image in her mind (motivating her) of standing on the podium receiving the gold medal and then not to even make it into the finals must have been emotionally crushing.
Have you ever worked, trained, put hours of energy into something and then, see it fail. It would be easy to just give up and hide out. You have no desire to talk to anyone because you are so emotionally devastated.
Jordyn Wieber was not given that luxury. She had to come back in front of everyone in the stadium and compete with her teammates Tuesday evening for the women’s team event .She had to focus, letting the memory of failure on Sunday leave her mind and heart. How difficult that must have been for her.
The wonderful part of this story is that these women joined together and won the Gold Medal for USA. They all contributed but give extra kudos to Jordyn for the ability to let go of her disappointments of Sunday and focus on the challenge at hand.
Maybe there is something in this story for all of us to take to heart. If we hold onto our disappointments, they will stop us from achieving what comes our way today.
I love the words from the Book of Romans 5:3-8 We are full of joy even when we suffer. We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. 4 The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. 5 And hope will never let us down. God has poured his love into our hearts. He did it through the Holy Spirit, whom he has given to us.
May you hold these words close to your heart as you go through this week.
Be a Miralce