Brittany Viola

Brittany Viola
10m Platform

I accepted the Lord into my life when I went to Remuda Ranch in Arizona for an eating disorder at age 18. Halfway through my stay, a lady there asked me if I wanted to be free from my eating disorder, then asked me if I had asked God into my life. I prayed and received Christ right there. I remember being really excited afterward and not knowing why.

When I went home, I fell back into the routine of life, still struggling with my eating disorder. I soon started summer school at the University of Miami, and life got more difficult as I made that transition into balancing the student-athlete lifestyle.

After my freshman year, one of my teammates took me in and started taking me to church after I turned her down about 15 times. I have been attending church there ever since then. A friend opened the Bible with me, and we read through John. She was such an encourager, and I started attending a Bible study and really growing. I started learning that there was so much more to this relationship with God than I could imagine.

Over the years the struggle with my eating began to lessen. Having the truth of God with me helped me press forward, and I definitely credit it all to the Lord. It was His truth that replaced the lies that overtook me.

My eating disorder was the first area the Lord really worked in my life, then He started becoming involved in every part. Diving was one of the most difficult areas for me to realize that God could really express His power. This year has been one where I’ve really pressed into Him. I realize my diving is His gift, and I have all these opportunities because of Him.

The Lord definitely inspires me. He is the reason why I am diving. God showed me that it wasn’t mine, and now I realize that only by His power within me can I reach a level I won’t be able to reach on my own. I’ve been focusing on performing only for Him.

Photos courtesy USA Diving/John Beck Photography