I've just always loved being off the ground I've always been a daredevil that's ten year old me what I want to do I want to be professional athlete like it was all about the showmanship for me growing up yeah it was just what we did I don't remember a time when it wasn't natural to go skiing every single weekend I grew up that Christian family I always looked up to my dad as my hero so my parents divorce was tough on me I don't know why it took me so long to realize that my dad wasn't perfect but when I did it kind of crushed me I had to discover okay why don't I assess the things that he's told me and see if I believe them for myself I started reading the Quran and the Book of Mormon in the Apocrypha and I sort of just delve deep into the all that all the other religious texts available to me and I discovered I was a follower of Christ because that was my identity the difference in Christianity is Christ came down to us he loved us enough to sacrifice his life and that changes the whole dynamic I was a militant in terms of desiring success I was training I was working hard I had all these new tricks that nobody else could do but I couldn't seem to land or run to save my life in competition I couldn't let go I couldn't just let God control it and I can remember thank you God this isn't part of the plan why are you doing this to me no no that's not right I realized okay at the end of the day this little just bundle of love doesn't care whether I win another competition in my life or not same thing with my wife she doesn't care if I win or lose she loves me for who I am she loves me for who God made me to be for the first time in my life I was truly just letting it all go and I was skiing just for the Creator and I was like honestly I don't care what the judges think of me I don't care whether they reward before what I do or not I'm doing this for Christ and that's when I start winning once I started living and worshiping through my skiing I almost couldn't be beaten it was perfectly time it's almost like God wrote the story all of a sudden I went from this high time into some of the hardest hardest times of my life personally and some of at least successful years of my career in skiing my wife's dad died my sister was hit by a boat and lost her leg my grandmother died her grandmother died one of our youth group students died all of this sort of difficult stuff happened at once and that translated into me not being very mentally focused when I was skiing because people didn't really know what was going on in my life they just wrote me off and a lot of my sponsors dropped me I even got to the point where I was like man am I gonna keep doing this or is that gonna be the end of the story I think somewhere in the successful season I was like oh this is for the fame and glory God was constantly trying to remind me know this is your this is your act of worship this is what you do to worship me once I remembered that I started laying and runs again and the timing was good that was the tail end of 2017 going into the 2018 season getting ready for another Olympics my ski came off on my first run my ski came off on my second run so I had to throw away sport yeah I was praying I was just like God what is going on and what can I do to land this last run and I just feel like you reminded me hey it doesn't matter what these people think of you it doesn't matter what your result is at the end of the day you're out here you're doing this for me this is your act of worship it's really easy as a professional skier to get caught up in the need for success or to get caught up in money and contracts and you know appearances and all these things it's really easy to lose sight of why I do this I'm in this because God made me the way he made me so I'm constantly trying to remind myself this is my act of worship you

Skiing Is Olympic Gold Medalist’s Act of Worship
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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    That’s so sweet!

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    Amen!! What a great testimony.

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  • June 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm
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    What a beautiful testimony and family! God Bless you Mr. Wise!

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