Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ. Then, whether I come and see you again or only hear about you, I will know that you are standing together with one spirit and one purpose, fighting together for the faith, which is the Good News.Philippians 1:27
I am thankful that God always has a plan and it is amazing to see His plans unfold. While it is unfortunate that myself and my teammates in youth basketball had to endure a terrible coaching situation at a young age, as horrible of an experience as it was, it’s amazing how God still continues to use it each day to encourage and inspire me in my work as I serve Him on FCA staff. The negative influence that one person could have on so many individuals and their families ended up being a great springboard for me into FCA ministry.
During my senior year of college, I remember spending a few days by myself not interacting with anyone and just praying and asking God if he wanted me to be an elementary education teacher or pursue staff with FCA. After three days of hearing nothing, I felt the Lord tell me that I should do whatever will bring myself and others closer to Him, for that will be the only thing that brings true fulfillment. When I felt the Lord leading in that, I began to consider that if there could be so much damage caused by one person — in this case my CYO coach — then how much impact for good could there be if one person was someone who submitted to God and allowed Him to use him through the same platform of coaching?
Eighteen years ago I made a commitment to the Lord to serve on FCA staff, thinking I’d give it a try for a few months — I thought of the gap year before the concept even existed! The need for athletes to have great coaching and the way that God allows me to share my faith through FCA have caused me to appreciate the opportunity I was given to serve Him more and more each year. As FCA’s 2017 camp theme of One is based on Philippians 1:2, I am thankful that God challenged me to surrender my life to Him and see all the positive things that He can do through just one life that is standing with one spirit and one purpose, fighting for the faith.
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.