The Final Five

Final Five 2016

We’ve been watching the remarkable run of Team USA Women’s Gymnastics squad the past several days. These girls could very well be the best assemblage of talent and heart the Olympics have ever seen. At the very least, they are distinguishing themselves as the best team America has ever assembled in the sport. It has been thrilling to watch each of them, and their almost superhuman feats. They are unstoppable.
I was struck by an amazing thought last night, as we watched them claim team gold in Rio. These girls are about the most diverse gymnastics team we have ever sent to the summer games. Ethnically, culturally, religiously, socio-economically, even where they hail from across our land, they really are a microcosm of America.
They are us.
For all their diversity, they proudly don the “red, white & blue”, they clearly love one another, and they obviously draw tremendous strength and courage from each other. They train together, travel together, eat together, rest together, even play together. They are pursuing this Olympic dream, together.
The “Final Five” as they have come to be called, are truly an example of what we in America can be, and should be. They are not “African-American”, “Latino American”, or “White American”; they are American. They are our daughters.
Aly, Simone, Gabby, Lauren, and Madison fully exemplify the motto on our currency- “E Pluribus Unum”, meaning “Out of the many, One.”
And they model a Biblical principle as well, found in Psalm 133:1- “How good and pleasant it is for brothers (and sisters) to dwell together in unity!” As a nation, a world, and especially as Christ-followers, we can take a beautiful cue from these beautiful girls.
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18
Blessings on our girls, whom I choose to call, “The Magnificent Five.”

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