At the Olympics, Lakeville’s Regan Smith picks up a silver metal for the women’s 200 meter butterfly. Caleb Dressell won the gold for the USA in the men’s 100 meter freestyle, and Bobbie Fink for the 800 meter.

If you’ve ever visited Manhattan, right in Rockefeller Center (where they light the huge Christmas tree each year) stands the famous bronze statue of Atlas…and he’s holding the world on his shoulders. Maybe you’ve seen it or even took a selfie next to it.

One of the most decorated American gymnasts, Simone Biles, withdrew from the Olympics and drew everyone’s attention, once again, on the importance of mental health. Just like Atlas, she felt she had the weight of the world on her shoulders.

Perhaps you feel you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders too. Maybe you’re managing the household while holding down a full time a job – just barely keeping up with paying the bills. Maybe you’re the only one taking care of the pets when the kids said they would help too. Or maybe you are in the middle of a separation …a divorce. You knocked on the door of marriage, but you ended up in a no-win situation, and the other person seems to revel in the drama. Now, you may be reading this because you have had the weight of the world on your shoulders.

Sometimes famous people feel a different kind of pressure – but pressure none the less. Pressure to be perfect and uphold the right image. And so someone reached out and wrote this to Simone Biles:

“Nobody will ever understand the pressures you face! I know we don’t know each other but I’m so proud of the decision to withdraw. It’s as simple as – what does it mean to gain the whole world but forfeit your soul? Sometimes our no’s are more powerful than our yes’s. When what you normally love starts to steal your joy it’s important we take a step back to evaluate why. People thought I was crazy for not finishing the Purpose tour but it was the best thing I could have done for my mental health! So proud of you, Simone.” – Justin Bieber

Simone is taking a lot of flack on social media as well. Some people are saying she should have stuck with it for the other team members.

I think only God knows the heart. When you have to make a big decision, only God knows your deepest thoughts, motives, fears, and feelings. In fact, that’s why I find a strong sense of God my life is so important. Because there are decisions that can only be made between you and God.

Psalm 7:9 says that “it’s you, the righteous God, who probes the mind and the heart.”

Simone Biles

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