Tag Archives: Sports Devotional

Tune Out the Noise

Psalm 131: 2a Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul. I watched the inaugural 2020 edition of the ATP Cup, an international outdoor men’s tennis tournament between competing countries.  Tennis is usually an individual or pairs event so this concept of a country’s team vs. another is pretty exciting.  Twenty-four teams start and play opposing […]

Say Thank-You!

1 Corinthians 16: 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. I sat in the infield at Arcadia High School, arm around my son, not knowing what to say.  We flew from Toronto to California for arguably the most prestigious high school decathlon in the world, but Nathaniel’s two-day event lasted less […]

Let Your Light Shine

Matthew 5: 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. There were not many people in the world who did not hear the news on Sunday, January 26, 2020, that NBA Lakers legend, Kobe Bryant, his 13-year old daughter, and […]

A House Divided

Titus 3: 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. There was little wonder about the content of the article after I read the title: “30 Worst Clubhouse Cancers in Baseball History”.  Articles such as this are obviously subjective by nature, but when […]

You are of Great Value

Psalm 139: 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. I discovered some interesting thoughts in a sports psychology article, “Self-Esteem and Sports”. In it, Dr. Kris Eiring makes some observations about a kid she saw doing a hill run and the pure joy he […]

Are you Loving the Foreigner?

Deuteronomy 10: 18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. Anyone who has been a collegiate student-athlete or has been a part of their support network understands the extra demands they face.  In addition to the significant school workload, they must find […]

Self-Discipline vs. Motivation

Titus 2: 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, A Norwegian researcher, Gro Jordalen, took on an interesting study, Self-Discipline vs. Motivation in Sports, where she interviewed World Championship and Olympic medalists, as well as emerging elite winter athletes aged 16-20.  Her […]

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 […]

More than You can Bear?

Psalm 28:  7The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. I’ve been a Christian since I was a young boy and consider my knowledge of the Bible pretty good, so I’m taken back a bit when someone challenges me on a pretty basic theological point.  A few years ago a […]