It’s a great time of the year for me as I serve in our FCA lacrosse summer program. I have the privilege of coaching a group of kids that just finished up fifth grade and are excited to grow in both their athletic skills and Christian faith.
After each team practice, our group sits down together while I lead and guide the boys through different discussions about the Bible. Recently, during one particular huddle, I experienced a defining moment for us as a team. As I began introducing the topic, the boys became so excited about what we were about to discuss that they literally took over the meeting! Their enthusiasm was contagious and they all began to rattle off all kinds of questions, comments, and encouragement regarding our scripture-based topic. It was really fun to sit back and watch their conversations unfold as the Holy Spirit spoke to each of the boys while they built each other up. As a leader, I don’t know if it gets much better than that!
“I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow.”
– 1 Corinthians 3:6 (NLT)
As we strive to pass on our Christian faith to others, it’s important to remember that God is the only one who can truly change hearts. It’s our mission to share the Gospel with other people, but how they respond to the Truth is between them and God. Watching our huddle lead itself I realized that the Lord had allowed me to plant these seeds and that He was doing a great work in each of the boys’ lives. I will always be thankful for these amazing glimpses of what God is doing in the hearts of people that I care about, as it greatly encourages my ministry of spreading the Gospel to coaches and athletes!
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.