Lori “Lolo” Jones has achieved great heights as an American track and field and bobsled athlete. But her life hasn’t been easy. Growing up in poverty, Jones learned how to steal food, moved homes frequently, and even experienced homelessness.
Her situation became better in high school when she joined the hurdles team. She also earned a college scholarship for the same sport. But for most of her life, Jones carried her burden by herself — it was only later that she realized that she had been doing it all wrong.
#1. “I continued to worship and love Him but I tried to do things [with] my own strength. That exhausted me. It broke me.”
The bobsledder and hurdler has now found her faith. No matter what she is faced with, she knows that there is someone who will bring her strength and comfort.
#2. “There’s a point in your relationship where you gotta find comfort with only you, God and His word.”
Despite not having won an Olympic gold medal yet, Jones has hope.
#3. “But if I never get what I want, I have committed my life to you, Lord.”
The star athlete has not only seen God’s grace transform her, she has also witnessed that same grace pull her father out of domestic violence.
#4. “My dad domestically abused my mother. He almost killed her. Jesus saved him. He never laid hands on her again.”
And as for those seeking guidance, Jones has advice from Philippians 4: