Tag Archives: Sports Devotional

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

Nehemiah 8: 10b This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. In the past, athletes pumping iron to increase strength was commonplace, but it was typically restricted to sports where added size or explosiveness was needed.  Everyone knew that the football team had to pump iron, and in […]

In All Things God Works for the Good

Mark 14: 50 Then everyone deserted him and fled. The word “unprecedented” will quite certainly become one of 2020’s “words of the year”.  It’s difficult to turn on a news broadcast or an interview with a health specialist or politician and not hear that word.  If someone would have suggested a year earlier that every sports […]

It is, and Continues to be, Finished!

John 19: 30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. If you have competed in an endurance race, you can probably relate to some common pre-race emotions.  They are usually some strange combination of excitement and dread.  Excitement because, along with throngs of […]

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46: 10a He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;” In the late 18th century Norwegian border patrol troops used their free time by combining their top two skills – shooting guns and cross-country skiing.  They created a competition to see who could ski the fastest and shoot most accurately.  They called the […]

What Do I Do Now?

James 4: 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. I recall professional sport seasons being cancelled, usually because of union disputes.  To name a few, there was the MLB strike of 1994 which cancelled the […]

Stay on Course

1 John 1: 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. If you have ever participated in, or watched, a cross-country running event you’ll typically see a group of runners start on a big field, sometimes as many as a hundred runners wide.  […]

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 […]

What Does a Leader Look Like?

Titus 1: 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. The Washington Times headline summed it up:  Gibbs’ Leadership Legacy Unmatched in Pro Sports.  The author, Thom Loverro, was referring to Joe Gibbs, a former NFL football coach and a NACAR race car team owner.  Making the Pro […]