Congratulations to Allyson Felix who raced to Olympic gold in the 200m. Here first win came after two previous Olympic silver medals in the 2008 and 2004 Olympics in the same event.
While it might be tempting for Allyson to style herself as “self made,” she is quick to give God thanks for her success every day.
“The success that I’ve had is all due to God’s grace and to the gift that He’s given me,” said Felix. “I just want to use it to the best of my ability to glorify Him. That’s what keeps me motivated.”
Allyson gave her life to Jesus Christ at a young age. She was raised in a Christian home. Her father, Paul, is an ordained minister and Professor of New Testament at a seminary. Her mother, Marlean, is an elementary school teacher. Felix basically grew up in the church.
“I came to know God through my dad,” said Felix. “He talked to me about the Bible, and I realized that Jesus is my Savior, and that I needed Him in my life. And now every day I live for Him.”
And the list of accomplishments for which God is getting the glory just keeps growing. Far from being satisfied with accomplishments that already make her one of track’s most accomplished athletes, Allyson keeps pushing herself to make the most of her God-given talent and the platform that comes with it. She was crowned 200m World Champion in 2005 and 2009, and led her 4x400m team to the gold medal stand at the 2009 World Championships. In 2006 she won an ESPY for Best Female Track Athlete.
So how does she keep it all in perspective?
“I stay focused by knowing that I’m running to glorify God. If I keep that in mind, I’ll be fine.”