“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:24
Allyson Felix is the daughter of an ordained minister and professor of New Testament at The Master's Seminary in Sun Valley, California. She is fast, really fast.
“For me, my faith is the reason I run. I definitely feel I have this amazing gift that God has blessed me with, and it’s all about using it to the best of my ability,” Allyson said.
She’s already won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers, but Allyson faces a tough task on the 2021 Olympic team. At 35, she’ll be looking to become the oldest U.S. Olympic 400m sprinter in history and make her first Games as a mother. She gave birth to a daughter through an emergency C-section at 32 weeks in November 2018.
“I’m currently a work in progress and like anyone else I face struggles every day. My goal is to be more Christ-like each and every day and that is not an easy task. I know that I’m trying to be something different from [other Olympic runners] and after I run I hope that people can distinguish [Christ-like] character in the way I present myself.”
In all that you do, follow Jesus. Today in prayer, spend some extra time reading your Bible and desire to be more like Christ.
“In the Christian race, all may run so as to obtain. There is the greatest encouragement, therefore, to persevere with all our strength, in this course.” – Matthew Henry
God’s Word: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” – Hebrews 12:1