On February 9th, the world will watch athletes from all over the world gather to lay years of hard work on the line for the chance at gold and hometown acclaim. 

The 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be one for the books. 

We’ll tune into the games, cheer for USA athletes while wildly jumping up and down in our living rooms, and we will walk away inspired by the strength, talent, and dedication of these men and women who are chasing their dreams and representing our country. One thing is clear: these athletes didn’t make the Olympic teams overnight. 

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel.” 
Mia Hamm, Women’s Football USA Gold Medalist 

“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” 
Muhammad Ali, Boxer and USA Gold Medalist 

“Focus, discipline, hard work, goal setting, and of course, the thrill of finally achieving your goals. These are all lessons in life.” 
Kristi Yamaguchi, Figure Skater and USA Gold Medalist

“Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination.” 
Michael Phelps, Swimmer and USA Gold Medalist 

“Passion is a huge prerequisite to winning. It makes you willing to jump through hoops, go through all the ups and downs and everything in between to reach your goal.” 
Kerri Walsh, Beach Volleyball USA Gold Medalist

“One word: ‘Fight.’ Anyone can do it when it feels good. When you’re hurting, that’s when it makes a difference, so you have to keep fighting.” 
Erin Cafaro, Rower and USA Gold Medalist

“If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.” 
Mark Spitz, Swimmer and USA Gold Medalist

“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work. I had to put in the time to get back. And it was a grind. It meant training and sweating every day. But I was completely committed to working out to prove to myself that I still could do it.” Andre Agassi, Tennis Player and USA Gold Medalist 

Do you see a correlation between the hard work and dedication of these Olympians and the Christian life? For a snapshot in time, we will watch and want to work harder, train more, and be like these athletes. 

When people look at your life, do they want to be more like Christ? Do you inspire others to train harder and love Christ more? As we watch these incredible games, may we be spurred on to live our lives like Olympians – an inspiration to those in our sphere of influence on what it looks like to follow Christ.

Go USA!

Written by First Dallas Staff