One specific thing that sticks out to me as an FCA staff member is this: Keep showing up.
So much of what I do as an FCA Area Representative is to keep showing up for huddles, team meetings, and everything in between. It is what I do for a head basketball coach here in Syracuse, New York. I spend a lot of time helping with his team practices, team building exercises, and serving the athletes. In return, the coach has opened his heart to having FCA around and is learning the value of having a solid faith in Jesus Christ.
I remember when he lost a friend in the middle of the season a few months ago and asked him if I could lift him up in prayer with his team. When he was anxious about continuing to be disease-free, he would reach out to me before doctor’s appointments and ask for me to pray. As I started praying for him more and more, his guard slowly began to break down, and soon he was allowing me to lead in prayer before games. While he did not believe in God before he was ill, he is now letting the power of Christ transform his life and the lives of young student-athletes. How incredible is that!
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” – Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
Here in the city, coaches and athletes do not care what you have to say to them. They want to see proof that you actually care about them. By helping our head coach with taking team photos, ordering senior cakes, and serving his team, I have been able to show him the love and compassion of Jesus Christ. I believe he and his team have grown in faith over these past few months, and I will continue to show up for them as much as I can.
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.