Does God Care About Sports?

God may not have a favorite sport, but I am confident of this; He cares about the athletes who play them.  God cares about the people who watch and enjoy sports and whose lives are impacted by sports. Similar to other spheres in life, God works through sports, just as He works through all things, for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).

Unfortunately, we live in a time where many followers of Christ have become not only comfortable, but complacent. We study, but do not serve. Talk, but do not walk. Learn, but do not live. In short, we have lost the passion and urgency to exercise our faith. Sports can play an important role in reminding us of the value of discipline and sacrifice in the pursuit of a greater goal.

So if the context of sports can help you and I grow closer to Jesus and more mature in our faith — and they can — then yes, God cares about sports because of the incredible transformation that can be accomplished through them.

I give you permission to Quit

Quit playing the comparison game. Get your eyes off the world and refocus them to the God who created it.

Whether in sports or life, you will drive yourself crazy by playing the comparison game. Most would admit that no good ever comes from it, and yet we still are playing. The advice of the bible is clear, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) God isn’t concerned with who you are or what you possess in comparison to others. He is interested in your heart, and the desires that pour forth from it. So, quit comparing. I give you permission to quit.

Quit looking at social media and comparing your worst to others best. (Galatians 1:10)

Quit comparing the externals when God is concerned with the internals. (1 Samuel 16:7)

Quit competing with others in life when you should be serving others in life. (Mark 9:35)

Quit fixing your eyes on others and never stop fixing them upon Christ. (Hebrews 12:2)

Quit being frustrated with what you are not and start thanking God for who you are. (Colossians 3:1-4)

Whether in sports or life, nothing good comes from playing the comparison game. The enemy invites you to participate knowing full will the game will crush your spirit and leave you disheartened. Stop playing the comparison game. Get your eyes off of the world and refocus them to the God who created it. Quit worrying about yourself and start playing for Him. (Matthew 28:19-20)

Skill Development vs Competition – plus Stan Van Gundy speech

In this episode, we discuss the pressures of competition versus skill development at a young age in the sports world. As we take a look a speech given by, Stan Van Gundy, it is clear to see that our focus has become more about winning and losing than on developing players.

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