Olympic gold-medal gymnast and “Dancing With the Stars” champion Shawn Johnson talks about growing in her Christian faith and learning to trust in God in her memoir, Winning Balance: What I’ve Learned So Far About Love, Faith and Living Your Dreams.

In her story of trial and triumph, Johnson reflects on the lessons she’s learned at key moments in her life as she shares prayers or verses that have helped her.

One lesson that Johnson learned during the 2008 Beijing Olympics was finding her self-worth outside of the color of her ribbon. When she learned that Olympic teammate Nastia Liukin beat her by six tenths of a point, winning the gold in the women’s all-around, Johnson said she felt “confused, happy and upset.” But upon reflection, Johnson found that losing the all-around helped her learn that her worth came from God, not a medal.

“God created you in his image; that is where your worth comes from,” she wrote.

Speaking in an interview with The Christian Post this week, the 20-year-old explained how her faith grew during that experience.

“I’d say my faith grew during that time because I had to find a reason for everything,” Johnson told CP. “You know, if you make one thing too big, as soon as it’s taken away from you or something doesn’t go as you planned it, instead of being like ‘Oh, poor me,’ I’ve found a greater reason for why. It was always: everything happens for a reason under Him. It just kind of helped clarified things and helped me see things a little better.”

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