In this week’s Instagram live, Christian hosted Jordan Gray who went to Kennesaw State to compete in track and field. She competes in the heptathlon which consists of seven events. This includes the 100M hurdles, 200M, 800M, high jump, shot put, long jump, and javelin throw.
Talking about her childhood, she explained how she originally played basketball and didn’t start running track until she was seventeen years old. She explained how through track she has been able to find her purpose in life.
Jordan says “My purpose in life is to reach people and to give them Jesus, and I happen to be athletic.” She continues by explaining that no matter what part of life she is in, her purpose will remain the same.
She also mentioned that she isn’t just competing for herself, but is competing for God. Jordan said “my success or failure isn’t dependent on what place I come in or which spot I get. . . knowing that whenever I get on the start line, saying ok God wherever it is you want me to praise you from, I’m ok to do that.” By having this mindset, she is able to calm her nerves at meets.
Jordan went into depth about her 2018 track season at Kennesaw State. She got a skin disease which resulted in her sitting out the entire season. Jordan explained the lesson of humility she learned from that experience.
She also explained the petition she started which would allow women compete in the decathalon in the 2024 Olympics. She explained that women would compete in ten events opposed to only the seven they currently compete in at the Olympics.
Explaining what Grace means to her and the power of having God in our lives, she quotes Ephesians 2:8-9 then says “It’s not just forgiveness, it’s not just love. Grace wraps all that into one, and it’s all the things I don’t deserve from Jesus just freely given.”
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