Tag Archives: humble athlete

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. One of my pet peeves is when someone says that the secret to becoming an elite athlete, whatever the sport, is effort.  “If you believe in yourself, dream big, and put in the effort, you will achieve your goals.”  Those […]

Are You Fully Present with Others?

John 4: 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.” Like most other sports fans, I am impressed by incredible feats of athleticism.  I used to watch in awe as Michael Jordan took over a basketball game, seemingly single-handedly.  I marveled at tennis great, Roger Federer, face multiple match-ending break points without flinching […]

Do You Need the Spotlight?

Romans 12: 3Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, I think most Americans would immediately understand what sport you were referring to if you said: “Friday Night Lights”.  It is football, specifically high school football, and it is so ingrained in American culture that […]

A Hole in Your Fence

1 Peter 5: 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. I remember shinny ice hockey as a kid.  Hockey was one of the sports my parents said I couldn’t play competitively as it is incredibly expensive, and we certainly didn’t have the money for […]

Ouch that Hurts!

Hebrews 12   11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it I always took great pride in working hard on all the teams I played for.  Running was a central part of soccer so when the varsity […]

A Humble Walk

Philippians 2: 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, Mike Trout, center fielder for Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels, is a six time All-Star and two-time MVP of the American League.  As one of the greatest players in baseball, he has every reason to walk around […]

Let Others Praise You

Proverbs 27:2  Let someone else praise you, and not your own mouth; an outsider, and not your own lips. Jim Collins, and his extensive research team, published the bestseller Good to Great, a study of how good companies make the leap to greatness.  This is a must read for anyone intending to be a leader.  […]

Follow the One with the Limp

Genesis 32: 31 The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip. Walking the sidelines of basketball courts, soccer pitches, baseball dugouts and every other sport in the world, are many “successful” coaches.  They come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and with many different personalities – some personable […]

You Must Become Less

John 3: 30 He must become greater; I must become less. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) website reports camp attendance of over 85,000 youth, and nearly 13,000 huddles occurring in 47 countries around the world.  In fact, many reading this devotional probably have been, or are involved in FCA activities.  While FCA is well known […]

Is it Really Humble?

1 Corinthians 15: 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. I read a quote attributed to Chad Johnson (former NFL All-Pro player): “I’m no saint.  I’m no angel.  I never proclaimed to be.”  Now in fairness I have no idea what the context was […]