Insights from a high jumper who won a medal today

Nicola McDermott on reaching higher goals

Nicola McDermott won a bronze in the Commonwealth Games High Jump today (Saturday). But she has been reaching the heights every day  in the Daily Bible emails sent out by the Bible Society.

“McDermott was the surprise packet for Australia”, the ABC reported, “claiming the bronze medal in the women’s high jump via a personal best height of 1.91m.

“‘In my heart I knew if I did a PB I could be up there so I said to myself “don’t stop until you’re in the gold position’,” McDermott said.”

Here’s what she wrote for her medal-winning day Daily Bible:

“In track and field, you can sometimes tell who an athlete’s coach is by just watching their technique. A coach can have a certain idea of how to run/jump/throw and teaches accordingly to match that model. Once the coach has a few athletes able to replicate that, they are able to teach and develop them more to become an elite squad. In order for us to be taught by God, we have to receive his Spirit. In receiving him, we are adopted into a family of courageous believers, recognised as children of God by not what we do, but how we live our lives. A fearless, free life is the divine handprint of our mighty teacher.

And the Bible verse she was reflecting on was “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’”
(Romans 8:14-15)

She asked readers, “How can you live fearlessly today?”

Speaking about friends she does not see often (but who were probably watching her on the Commonwealth Games telecast) she wrote earlier:

“I have a few very close friends who live interstate from me whom I see a few times a year. I know they’ve been spending time with God because I can see the peace, wisdom and joy transforming even their physical appearance. Like salt brings a good pasta sauce to life, so does the Spirit intercede with our own bodies to breathe eternity into them. It is life changing when we understand that ‘us’ has an expiry date but the living Spirit inside does not. That is what transforms lowly bodies into glorious, imperishable ones. A characteristic is the steadfast hope and peace that comes as a product of what is inside. We will be like Jesus, and as he was rejected on earth so too will we be. But this hope and transformation will not be in vain; it is preparing us for a place where we do belong, heaven. We shouldn’t identify with this life, but in eagerness seek the One who gave us the key to heaven, which is Jesus.”

That was based on “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Saviour from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20)

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