Saramma Matthew

Faith plays an important part in Saramma Matthew's life. Saramma is a well known athlete. She has had a career spanning 12 years in the International and National track and field events. She has several gold medals and the Arjuna Award to her credit. Reflecting on the importance of faith she says, "I believe my faith in Christ has sustained me so long in athletics. I learned to place my trust in Christ as a child at home, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School." She further says, "I commit myself to Christ every time I participate in an athletic event. My help comes from the Lord who has created the heaven and the earth." Faith for Saramma is not just an inner feeling of confidence. It is based on the Word of God and her personal experience.

Just like her career, her marriage to her husband, Jossy Matthew is nurtured through her faith in Jesus and the Bible. Saramma believes firmly that Jesus also sustains her marriage, just as Jesus also sustains her in athletics. She says, "unless the Lord builds the house, it's builders labor in vain." Her marriage to Jossy and success in her professional life would not have been possible without spiritual discipline and hard work. She says, "our faith can be compared with running. Personal discipline is an absolute pre-requisite for both winning a race and growing in faithfulness to Jesus Christ." Saramma also believes that reading the Bible and personal obedience to God's commands are necessary aspects of her Christian life.

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