As an FCA Staff member, I greatly appreciate the incredible group of people that I work alongside. It is amazing how much God has taught me through listening attentively to my teammates as the Holy Spirit speaks within our conversations.
One conversation in particular took place a few years ago at a golf tournament. As I rode around the course with another FCA staff member, we began talking about the hiring process in our ministry. I recently had an encouraging conversation with a prospective hire and mentioned this specific candidate to my fellow teammate. He immediately hit the brakes of our golf cart and looked at me. “I think he could be a great candidate,” he said. “But I am concerned that he may love golf too much.”
This was an interesting comment to me. How can a love of sports be too much? As I started to reflect on my own investment in sports, I began to see that I was devoting more time to coaching activities than with the Lord and reading the Bible. It was sobering to realize that I was focusing on sports too much, and that I needed to reprioritize my life.
When we focus on anything other than our faith, our relationship with God weakens. Even the good gifts that the Lord has given us can make us stumble. Whether it is sports, a job, or a relationship, sin can creep into our lives wherever we place importance. When we remember that Jesus did not allow a single thing to stand between us and him, the focus in our hearts shift to live a life of gratitude and to only worship him.
I often think back to that conversation on the golf course years ago and remember that I can never give too much of my life to God. Jesus gave his all for us, so we can be confident that he desires the same – our whole life and heart devoted to him alone.
We can never give too much to someone who gave everything for us.
“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him.” – Philippians 3:8-9 (NLT)
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.
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