Stick It

As you know, I’m thrilled about the USA women’s gymnastic team gold.  I know I sound like a gymnastics-crazed fan, but to be honest, I pretty much know nothing about the sport. 

As I watched team USA on Tuesday night, in addition to Gabby Douglas being awesome, and Jordyn Weiber bouncing back after devastating news on Sunday of being ousted out of the women’s all-around by her teammates, there was another little gymnast I had my eye on: Mckayla Maroney.

Since the Olympic trials, all the commentators are clear about one thing: Mckayla was brought on the team to do one thing and one thing only: the vault.  And do the vault she does!  In fact, her performance on Tuesday was SO good, that it literally made a judge’s draw drop:

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Talk about amazing!

Here’s the thing I love about Mckayla: she’s a team player.  Though she only helped the team clinch the gold through one event, she played her part, and then for the rest of the day, she was constantly on the sidelines cheering, hugging, and encouraging the rest of her teammates to keep going.

Watching her play her part reminds me so much of the passage in 1 Corinthians 12 where Paul talks about the body of Christ being one body with many parts.  Like Mckayla, each of us has a unique and perfect role–one that we can excel in and accomplish in ways that others cannot.

Rather than envying the talents or attention of others, I think we can all learn something from Mckayla: don’t waste time being jealous or complaining, but determine what your gifts are and be “jaw-dropping” excellent for the good of the team.

“As it is, there are many parts, but one body…If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.  Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:20, 26-27   


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