November 10, 2010
Fame and fortune, beauty and brawn describes many of the qualities of a Miss Oklahoma contestant, and Oklahoma Baptist University was fortunate to host one of them.
Miss Oklahoma 2010 Morgan Woolard paid a visit to OBU to share her testimony about her experiences in the Miss USA pageant and how that impacted her relationship with Christ.
She challenged the students of Fellowship of Christian Athletes to live a life that seeks and honors Christ, which shirks all of these fleeting characteristics.
After some games, fellowship and pizza, Woolard began speaking.
She started by showing a video clip of her near-victory at Miss USA.
Woolard said that her last year of being crowned Miss Oklahoma 2010, training for months for Miss USA and then actually competing in Miss USA “was a whirlwind.”
Woolard openly discussed her frustrations with coming so close, working so hard for the Miss USA title, only to get first runner-up.
After the video clip showed Miss USA being crowned, she quickly stopped the clip.
“Being first runner-up is the most painful,” she said with a smile.
While reflecting on her year of training and competing, Woolard said, “It was the most meaningless, empty year of my life thus far.”
She said that she was so completely caught up in physical things that she lost sight of her relationship with God.
Woolard said to the students that, even if she had received the crown, it would have been meaningless because it would not last.
“Everything in that last year was about my exterior, about being beautiful, getting that six pack,” said Woolard.
After talking about how she drifted away from Christ, how she did not have joy any longer, Woolard then said to the students about how she had a revelation that she needed to use her title, her influence for ministry.
Woolard said that she was happy while competing in the pageants, but she was never joyful.
“There is a huge difference between happiness and joy,” Woolard said.
She defined happiness as fleeting, contingent on material and physical things; joy, however, comes from living a life centered in Christ.
Woolard concluded by challenging FCA with this message: to “think in light of eternity,” to take advantage of ministry opportunities, and to live worthy of Christ.”