God made you an Athlete…Own it!

Having the proper perspective amidst performance

Your participation in sports is not contrary to God’s will.

Think about it.  No one pressures artists to stop creating, vocalists to stop singing, or musicians to stop playing.  Why should athletes stop competing?  These activities are not the issue.  The perspective towards the activites is what truly matters.  The Bible says, And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:17)  Our efforts should unite with our love for Jesus in a way that points to the Father in heaven.  This includes your participation in athletics.

Remember, God created you.  The Bible says, For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13)   God knit coordination within you and awarded you with speed.  It was the same God who poured out oceans and exhaled stars who intentionally fashioned you to be an athlete.

To suggest that followers of Christ must adhere to a fixed set of interests and activities is insulting to the creativity of the creator.  Your faith should be in harmony with other followers of Christ, but the manner by which you convey it to the world should look as unique as the priceless masterpiece you are.

If you are an athlete, own it.  You don’t have to apologize.  But do so with the proper perspective.  Either your passion is to bring glory to yourself, or to bring glory to the God who gave you the gifts to compete in the first place.