By now I’m sure the entire world is quite familiar with the name Simone Biles, and if you’re not then you’ve probably been living under a rock and not up to date on the Rio Olympics that just ended last week. Biles’s captured the attention of the entire world with her bubbly personality, bright smile and gymnastics moves out of this world. She finished her first Olympic games with 4 gold medals in the team competition, all-around, vault, floor, and a bronze in the beam.
At the young age of only 19-years-old, Biles is now the only gymnast to win three consecutive World All-Around Championships to now go along with her gold medal Olympic all-around performance in Rio. Besides being one hell of an athlete, what makes her story even more amazing is her background and upbringing. At the age of about two years old, Biles was taken from her mother and was in and out of foster care due to her mother’s drug addiction which as you can image lead to multiple arrests. In 2000, Simone and her younger sister were taken in by her grandfather (her birth dad’s father) and grandmother who later officially adopted the sisters in 2003.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s E:60, Simone spoke about all of the sacrifices it took to become one of the most prominent Olympic athletes of all-time. At age 14 she made the decision to enroll in homeschooling instead of going to a traditional high school to put in more time towards becoming an elite gymnast. When asked how she liked homeschool, “I hated it.” She missed out on all of the normal things high kids look forward to, prom, homecoming, football games, all for her dream of becoming an Olympic Gymnast. Not only did Simone Biles beat the odds of a terrible background being taken from her alcoholic mother, but she also had a vision with a crazy work ethic to match her goals. She sacrificed her youth and teenage years spending hours on top of hours in the gym to get to where she is today.
Last week I started reading a 20-day bible study Eat Pray Hustle: Dream Chasing God’s Way by Havilah Cunnington. On day two the book talks about how missional living and dream chasing God’s way requires sacrifice. As the chapter ends it then asks the reader, have you considered what type of sacrifice you’re willing to experience? What area in your life would be the hardest sacrifice? A great question to ask yourself and have a true heart to heart with yourself. What are you willing to let go of for your dreams? Because at the end of the day, you can’t have it all. You have to make sure your vision and your goals have the work ethic to match and just know that sacrifices are a vital part of any kind of success.
From reading this book I've learned that God wants us to have complete total faith in him, his plan, and the dreams he has placed in our hearts. He doesn't want us to be average and have small dreams. He wants us to dream big and experience Him working through us doing things we never imagined were possible, that could only be because of the work of his faithfulness. To make it simple for you I honestly like Biles said it best, "OUT DREAM YOUR DREAM!!!"
The story behind Simone Biles is one that continues to inspire me every day, she beat the odds and you can too if you #AlwaysDLB.
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Hebrews 11:1 NLT "Fait is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurances about the things we cannot see."