Steadfast

Psalm 51:10-12
“10 God, create a clean heart for me and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not banish me from Your presence or take Your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore the joy of Your salvation to me, and give me a willing spirit.”

Every day the locker room is a dark, smelly, unenviable place where one can spend their time. On game day it becomes a completely different place filled with music, excitement and enthusiasm that grows every minute as game time drawers closer. Then, as you go through pre-game warm up you wait and watch the clock tick down as you prepare to put forth all you have in the upcoming game. In these moments you never question the fact that you are going to win, play your best, and overcome whatever obstacles may come at you.

A coaching friend once told me if you can win the first five minutes of the game it greatly increases the likelihood that your team will win. Many of us can look back at a moment in life where our faith became real. At that moment our appreciation for Jesus’ sacrifice never left our minds and forever altered the way we saw everything. But, over time, just as in athletic competition, as the game moves on that initial enthusiasm can be hindered by unforeseen adversity, injuries, disappointment, distractions and things not going the way you hoped.

As athletes, our goal is to carry the same passion, enthusiasm and effort we had in the game’s first minutes throughout the entire competition. And, sometimes in competition we need to stop, call a time out and refocus on our game plan. As Christians, we don’t want to lose the enthusiasm and passion that we experienced during our first encounter with Christ. If you have noticed that things aren’t the way that you hoped they would be in your faith, I encourage you to stop, pray Psalm 51, and ask God to cleanse your heart and renew your spirit. Jesus has already won the victory; we are just called to live that victory out each day.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.


Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.

More information can be found at FCA.org.