Swimmer Missy Franklin’s hard work and dedication led to her winning four gold medals and one bronze at the 2012 summer Olympics. The teen also credits God with being by her side through it all.
Though Franklin wasn’t brought up in a religious home, she started growing in her Christian faith because of her current high school, Regis Jesuit in Aurora, Colorado. She told the website Beliefnet.com that she felt God’s presence upon first entering the school—and her experiences there continue to nurture her faith.
And how does God figure into the competitive swimming side of her life? Franklin says, “God is always there for me. I talk with Him before, during and after practice and competitions. I pray to Him for guidance. I thank Him for this talent He has given me and promise to be a positive role model for young athletes in all sports.”
Remember, God is always there for you too. Take advantage of His constant and loving presence.
Walk in the light of the Lord. (Isaiah 2:5)
Help me grow in love for You, Lord.