Go for the Goal – Gigi Marvin

Go for the Goal – Gigi MarvinThe 2014 Olympic winter Games open in Sochi, Russia on February 7, 2014.  Exactly one month later, following the 17 days of initial competition, the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games open for 10 days.  What better time to use Mainstay’s Go for the Goal sermon series.  As support material for our Go for the Goal series, we continue our series of stories that spotlight Winter Olympians whose goal is to honor Jesus Christ.

Giselle “Gigi” Marvin is a member of the US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. Her list of accomplishments are impressive. For instance – and this is just a short list – she won gold in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013  as a member of the US National Team in the IHF World Women’s Championships. She added silver medals in 2007 and 2012, along with the Olympic silver at the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Now she is headed to Sochi.

We have just scratched the surface of her athletic accomplishments. But what is more impressive than her collection of gold and silver is what I see when I go her blog or visit her Twitter account. Let me explain.

  • The second tweet on her account as of today is “Want success? Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3.”

  • Just a few tweets down the page is one that says “If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.”

  • On January 16th, she tweeted “I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Phil. 3:14”

  • On January 17th, it was “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1”

Now, that is impressive!

But wait! There’s more! A recent blog on her BlogSpot is titled, “The Power of Words,” and it begins with “A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,” Proverbs 17:27, and in it she explains the power of words, beginning with God saying, “Let there be light.” Her next blog on the page talks about the “Gold Medal Standard of Life,” an essay based on Hebrews 12:22, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.” Other titles on her blog include “Church on a Hockey Bus,” “Being Rebuilt,” based on Jeremiah 31:4, “Playbook for Life,” based on 2 Timothy 3:16-17, and “Crushing Satan Step by Step.” She wrote that last blog based on Romans 16:10, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.”

What impresses me, and what ought to impress you, is that this girl lives by the faith she claims to believe. God bless her for her bold and unashamed witness of the Gospel of Christ.

You may follow Gigi on her BlogSpot and on Twitter.