What defines us aligns us with who we are inwardly. What we base our identity on will manifest into the choices we make. A child of God can hide behind a facade of worldly values but will still claim to be a follower of Jesus. If you are yoked with a worldly system that you hold dear to, then how can you plow in the right direction God wants for you? You either love the world or you love God. God can use us in any way to bring glory to Himself.
I do applaud Elisabeth's stand on being a Christian and letting the world know it. She's worked hard training as an athlete and I believe we need believers to shine their light where God leads them.
My point is about loving God more than the world and not getting your identity from the world.
1 John 2:15-17 KJV
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Posting this excerpt from Olympian faithwire with a very wise Olympian's view on her life....
Perhaps the most noteworthy comments Vathje made were about identity and her value and worth as a human being — sentiments that she said are firmly embedded in her faith in Jesus and not her standing as an athlete.
“I know that regardless of what I do on the track, that I’m still loved by God and that it takes every single pressure away — because I know God is giving me success,” she said. “But I know that even if the success doesn’t come, it doesn’t change the way God sees me and the way I should see Him.”
Vathje continued, “So, it gives me peace in that I don’t have to fight for results for my worth.”