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The Olympics could easily be a time for the liberal agenda to be forced on us even more, however, gymnast Laurie Hernandez is one of the few competitors taking a stand for Jesus Christ in the most inspiring way.
When I discovered the details of Laurie Hernandez’s testimony, I realized God was rewarding her steadfast faith.
Although Laurie seems to have it all, her testimony tells the journey of someone who’s faced unfathomable tragedies in life — and overcame them all with a strong faith in Jesus Christ.
When I learned everything Laurie persevered through on her road to Rio, I realized God was using her in extraordinary ways…
Laurie is known for her joyous facial expressions while performing her gymnastic routines, and you don’t have to look too hard to discover where that joy comes from: Hernandez is outspoken about her Christian faith.
Laurie’s road to Rio was far from easy: She’s broken her right wrist twice and fractured her left elbow once. She dislocated her right kneecap and tore her patellar tendon after landing awkwardly on a vault; she now has a reconstructed cadaver’s tendon in her knee, and she once couldn’t eat solid foods for a few weeks after smashing her teeth against the uneven bars.
“[Praying] really grounds me. Once I do that, for some reason, I’m able to think clearly. And it calms me down and centers me right before I compete,” Laurie revealed.
Laurie’s parents instilled their daughter with a devout Christian faith. Laurie’s mother attributes her daughter’s success to her determination to spread the message of Jesus Christ through her God-given gift of gymnastics.
Regardless of Laurie’s outcome at the 2016 Rio Olympics, she is trusting God and hoping that her platform in the sport brings Him glory.
It’s hard to believe the 2016 Rio Olympics is Laurie’s first international gymnastic competition. The 16-year-old had unfathomable odds stacked against her, yet she conquered them all and made history while giving God all the glory. It truly is refreshing to see an athlete using their faith to influence not only her teammates, but also all the people all around the world who are watching her.
Please keep Laurie Hernandez in your prayers as she continues competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Her testimony is sharing the message of Jesus Christ in the most healing and powerful way – at a time when the world needs it now more than ever. Pray that we get to see her at the 2020 Olympics too!