Gospel Light Minute – Amy Olson (#277)
She is an American professional golfer on the LPGA Tour. She turned professional in 2013 after her collegiate career at North Dakota State University where she won an NCAA record 20 collegiate events and was awarded the Elite 89 Award as a sophomore, being the student-athlete with the highest GPA (4.0) at the national championship. To date, she has competed in 24 LPGA major championships and has passed the $2 million mark in career earnings, just narrowly missing out on 2 major championships.
In a recent feature for Links Players, this 28-year-old pro golfer shared her testimony of coming to salvation in Jesus Christ and how her Christian faith has helped her to see that the sport is not all there is to life: “[She] wasn’t looking for love as an undergrad at North Dakota State, but she also wasn’t opposed to keeping her eyes open. From a distance, [she] admired Grant Olson. She wasn’t alone. Grant played linebacker for the Bison football team. ‘If there are going to be two or three star players on every team, he was one of them,’ [she] says. “So I had that little bit of a crush from afar, kind of based on his reputation.’
That reputation included his faith, something [she] herself had learned from her parents but secured as her own. ‘I was about six years old and I remember reading in Revelation about liars going to hell, and I was like, ‘Well, that’s me. How am I going to avoid this?’ So that was the point where I realized that I wasn’t good enough and it didn’t matter what my parents believed, I had to place my faith in Jesus.’
She experienced times of questions and doubt, both in high school and college. But her parents supported her as she took the time to compare her faith to other world religions. Then she had a North Dakota teammate with similar questions about how Christianity fits into one’s life.’We dug into the Word (the Bible) and we tried to practically live out what we read. Obviously, like we all do, we failed miserably many times—I still do—but through that we leaned on God’s grace, and God used that to mold us and prepare us for where we are now.’
When [she] left college and began her tour career, she continued her walk with Christ. Meanwhile, so did Grant, but far away. He moved to Wyoming, following his North Dakota coach and beginning his own coaching career. [They] were Facebook friends, though, and when Grant posted some thoughts about a difficult event he had gone through, she reached out. ‘I sent him a note and said, ‘Hey, thanks for sharing. It’s encouraging to me knowing that other people are fighting the fight and going through tough stuff but continuing to trust God.’’
That note opened a six-month online exchange between the two, and by the time they went out for the first time,’we knew a lot of fundamental things about each other,’ [she] says. ‘So when we had our first date it was just a matter of OK, is there a chemistry? Do we like being around each other? That was pretty instantaneous.’ They were married in 2017 [and moved to her hometown in North Dakota in January 2019 when Grant received a job as linebackers coach at North Dakota State]. …
[She] has spoken publicly about the loneliness that can settle over tour players. When asked to explain what she means, she said, ‘In an individual sport—and maybe any sport—the higher up you get, the lonelier it gets. • People have aspirations. They want to be great, they want to win tournaments, championships, whatever it is. But I’ve just realized how empty that is and how empty people can feel. It’s not even like, ‘Oh, it didn’t fulfill me 20 years ago or 30 years ago, but I figured it out.’ Instead it’s, ‘It doesn’t fulfill me now and I don’t know where to turn.’ • I feel so fortunate, because I’ve been through some difficulties, but I’ve always known where to turn. If something doesn’t go well, I can go back to the Bible, I can go back to my relationship with God, and he is always there and he is always faithful, and he has never once let me down. I’ve talked to players where golf is the only thing that’s been there for them, and golf is going to let you down. I really cannot imagine a more desperate, lonely place to be than when golf is your rock.’”
After finishing runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Open this past weekend, she credited God with helping her to finish as well as she did after receiving news of her father-in-law’s unexpected passing on the last day of the championship tourney. In speaking with the media afterward, she acknowledged feeling very weak, but said the Lord carried her through. “Coming out this morning, I had no idea what to expect,” she said. “I felt very weak and helpless the last couple of days, and probably same today on the golf course. I really believe the Lord just carried me through. It just makes you realize how much bigger life is than golf. But [I’m] pleased with my finish overall and my performance.” Later, in an Instagram post in which she remembered her father-in-law, with whom she shared a special relationship, she quoted the Bible verse John 5:24: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”
Her name is Amy Olson.
This is the “Chief of Sinners,” Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International, reminding you of what the Bible says, that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” like you and me. Just as Amy Olson trusts in Jesus Christ for salvation, may I encourage you to do the same. Here is how:
1. Accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” In fact, I am the chief of sinners, so don’t think that you’re alone.
2. Accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
3. Accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
4. Accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
5. Accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
6. With these facts in mind, please repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Dear friend, if you are willing to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation, please pray with me this simple prayer: Heavenly Father, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Remember, friend, Believe by faith. Share the faith. and Keep the faith!