Jennifer Maggio is considered a leading authority on single parents and womens issues. She is an award-winning author and speaker who draws from her own experiences through abuse, homelessness, and teen pregnancy to inspire audiences everywhere. She is founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries and writes for dozens of publications. She has been featured with hundreds of media outlets, including The 700 Club, Daystar Television, Moody Radio, Focus on the Family, and many more. For more information, visit thelifeofasinglemom.com.
Along with millions of others, I sat in my living room last night and watched Michael Phelps secure his 24th Olympic Medal. I watched in awe and he sped through the water with determination and grit. I thought of the years of commitment that it took to get to where he is, and I was reminded of an article I recently read about his life. I love a great, tear-jerking, story. And there has been no shortage of them at the Rio Olympics. I love the backstory, how someone arrived at their destination, what it meant to their family, those who sacrificed for the athlete, and the journey behind the journey.
I recently read a lengthy article online about Michael Phelps that tracked is long and successful career in swimming. It also detailed much of his personal life and the challenges he has had with substance abuse and depression. The article detailed a phone call that Michael had with his manager (or trainer), where he talked about being completely overwhelmed with life, the demands on his life, and the pressures that come with being Michael Phelps. It even explained that at one point he thought it was better to die than live feeling the way he did. There’s much to the story and you can read about Michael’s tremendous journey in many other places online. But as I sat last night in extreme jubilation of his ability to bring home the gold, yet again, for Team USA, I thought of all the things we can learn from his journey that zero to do with swimming.
Jennifer Maggio is an author of four books, speaker, mom, wife, and founder of The Life of a Single Mom Ministries. She has been featured in hundreds of media venues, including The New York Times, Focus on the Family, Daystar Television, Power Women, and more. She is passionate about encouraging the body of Christ to change the world, one person at a time. For more information, visit www.JenniferMaggio.com .