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November 1, 2017

Gratitude Of A Champion

By: Hannah Beaven [Newburg, IA]

I encourage you to live as people worthy of the call you received from God.
Ephesians 4:1b (CEB)

Josh Davis is an Olympic champion in the sport of swimming. He accumulated five medals—three gold and two silver—at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games, but what truly makes Josh a champion is his faith.

Last summer, I attended a swim camp at which Josh Davis was a motivational speaker. His speech was not about stroke technique, nutrition, or practice tips. Instead, he emphasized gratitude. Josh described the pressure of competitive swimming and how learning to be thankful for the opportunity to swim had freed him from the expectation of success. He had also discovered that being grateful for the people in his life gave every day  far more meaning than any medal or record could.

Josh believes that showing gratitude in everything is the best way to live for Christ, who calls us not only to be grateful for the love bestowed upon us but also to bestow love on others.


STAY CENTERED: Josh Davis challenges us to keep love and gratitude at the center of our lives so that we too experience Christ-like joy. I still struggle not to be overwhelmed by work and impatience; yet because Jesus calls me to live by love and gratitude, I strive every day for gold.


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