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Sydney McLaughlin wins gold, for the Glory of God

Sydney McLaughlin at 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Credit: jenaragon94/Flickr/Wikipedia Creative Commons 2.0

After she broke the world record in the 400-meter hurdles, winning gold at the Olympics, American hurdler, Sydney McLaughlin, 21, publicly gave Glory to God, telling Sports Spectrum, “Just trusting the process. Giving the glory to God.”

Sydney then added that it was an honour to represent her country.

Sydney ran the event in 51.46 seconds, breaking the previous world record she set five weeks earlier, when she ran it in 51.9 seconds.

When she broke the record in June, Sydney posted on Instagram:

I no longer run for self recognition, but to reflect His perfect will that is already set in stone. I don’t deserve anything. But by grace, through faith, Jesus has given me everything. Records come and go. The glory of God is eternal. Thank you Father.”

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, the Apostle Paul says that no matter what we do, we should be doing everything for the Glory of God.

So, what does it mean to glorify God?

It’s speaks of an attitude acknowledging that God is the creator of all things and because of this is due Glory (Isaiah 43:7). All that we have, including our personal abilities, is because of God’s creation.

And because of this, these type of achievements are not anything that we can personally take credit for.

In November 2020, Sydney shared a video on Instagram of her baptism at a beach in California.

READ: US Olympian Gives ‘Glory to God’ After Smashing World Record and Winning Gold

And it wasn’t just Sydney giving Glory to God on the Olympic podium. READ: ‘I Love Living There’: American Wrestler Praises USA, Thanks God After Winning Gold

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