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Lift as You Climb

July 23, 2021

Jordan Chiles was ready to quit gymnastics. She had been passed over for big assignments year after year due to lack of consistency. The environment was toxic, and many in the gymnastics community had written her off.

But Simone said, I see you Queen. In 2019, Simone invited Jordan to relocate from Washington to Texas to join the gym that she OWNS- a safe space with a positive environment.

When Jordan arrived, the first thing they worked on was not building her skills but instead building her confidence.

Two years later, Simone and Jordan are headed to the Olympics together.

This is what we mean by lift as you climb.

Trophies are nice but the biggest flex is winning together and creating an environment where others thrive too.

—- That’s from a June 29, 2021 piece from the online team of “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” about the US Olympic trials in St. Louis.

Just across the river from here.

But you and I don’t have to look even that far to find someone we can lift as [we] climb.

That’s part of what 1st Thessalonians 5:11 is about when it says we are to “Encourage one another and build each other up.”

Who’s it gonna be today? And how?

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