READ Romans 12:1-8
Verse: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (vs2)
It’s been a while since we’ve been able to play sports together normally and I’m sure we are all missing the game. Getting back on the field or the track is something that we are all looking forward to and will likely bring some energy back to our lives.
As we slowly look forward to returning to the soccer field or hockey arena, it’s important to reflect on the role of faith in sport. Reach Forth’s entire mission is to use sports as a vehicle for spreading the gospel and reflecting on how faith can impact the way you play sports is an important aspect of this mission.
When a referee makes a bad call, what do you do? When a rival team is a little too pushy, how do you react? If you lose a tough game, what do you do after the game? These are questions that can help you reflect on your character when you play sports.
I get it – sports can get very competitive. I often get competitive even in the most “friendly” of games. But what does that say about you? As Christians, our actions and words should be different from those around us. We should be playing with extra love, respect, patience, and friendliness. When the ref makes a bad call (even if it’s REALLy bad) we should accept it with patience. When the other team is being pushy and rough, we should remain calm and use self control over our emotions. When we lose a tough game, we should congratulate the other team and lose graciously.
I know. It’s easier said than done. In the heat of the moment, it’s hard to not let our frustrations and emotions take over.
One thing that could help you remember to act right is to think about God being in the audience. While not visible, God is watching our every move, our every soccer game, and our every frustrated yell. When you start to think about God sitting on the sidelines, does it change the way you play?
Maybe, instead of fighting a bad call you’ll accept it. Instead of stomping your feet over a loss, you’ll think about the good things your team did and congratulate the other team. There are small changes that we can make to our actions that will have a dramatic effect on how we play sports. When you think about God being a spectator on the bleachers, we are reminded of the godly characteristics that we are to embody every day.
We are all sinful. There are going to be bad days. However, we need to constantly remind ourselves that God sees our actions – even the small ones. So, next time you’re playing a tough game of soccer or slo-pitch, think about God watching over the game and have that thought shape the way you play.