“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”Philippians 4:12-13 (NLT)
As our team was heading back from the United Capital Clash Tournament at Albany University, I couldn’t help but reflect on the words of Paul in Philippians. No matter his circumstances, Paul found his contentment in Jesus Christ alone. Throughout his persecution and time in prison as a Christian, his faith remained unshakeable. This powerful passage of scripture reminded me of my own team and how we’ve learned to be rooted in Christ regardless of whether or not we win or lose a game.
Our team is made up of three coaches and it’s been an incredible experience to model an unshakeable faith in the Lord to both each other and to the players on our team. We try our hardest to encourage, respect, and honor one another no matter how tight the situation can get or how grim our outcome on the field may look. Instead of becoming easily upset and yelling at each other, we challenge ourselves to find contentment in Christ and understand that our relationships are more valuable than winning a game.
While participating in the tournament at Albany University, I realized how much our players have picked up on treating each other with honor and respect amidst tough gameplay and disappointment. They have learned to appreciate one another and the different roles that they have on the team whether they win or lose. Rather than pointing fingers or playing the ‘blame game’ for mistakes made on the field, our team has bonded together by focusing our minds and hearts on Christ alone.
Whether you are a coach or a parent, remember that you have the honor and responsibility to model an unshakeable faith in Jesus Christ to young student-athletes. As we raise up future leaders of the next generation, may we continue to find contentment in Christ alone, regardless of our circumstances.
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.