When Gabby Douglas won the gold medal for individual women’s gymnastics, the first thing she did was shift the glory:
“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” These are the first words 16-year-old gymnast Gabrielle Douglas tweeted after she won the all around gold medal at the London Olympics yesterday. On the stadium floor, Douglas also told a reporter that ”the glory goes up to Him, and the blessings fall down on me.”
It seems to me that this is not saying God made me win, as some athletes seem to, but a perfectly appropriate expression of faith at a moment of great personal joy that could easily be a celebration of one’s self. That strikes me as a valuable spiritual discipline, the ability to do that. When a person achieves something great–in sports, in a profession, in life–it is possible to respond with pride or one with gratitude.