Tag Archives: Sports Devotional

Here am I. Send me!

Isaiah 6:8 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” As Christians we may often picture God with a list of special tasks and then a corresponding list of his people to accomplish the tasks.  Within this view […]

The Sin of Omission

James 4:17 17 Anyone then who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it sins. If we are honest as Christians, we typically know if we have sinned or are sinning.  Unless tarnished, our God-given conscience tells us if we have committed an act of sin.  Earlier in his book, James gives an […]

Refreshing the Spirit

1 Corinthians 16: 17-18 17 I was glad when Stephanas, Fortunatus and Achaicus arrived, because they have supplied what was lacking from you. 18 For they refreshed my spirit and yours also. Such men deserve recognition. Anyone who has competed in endurance races like 10k’s, marathons, triathlons and the like, probably understand the intense feeling of thirst.  A short […]

The Matthew Effect

Matthew 25:29 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. David Epstein published an interesting read entitled “The Sports Gene” which investigates the question of whether elite athletes are genetic freaks or simply normal people who overcome […]

Better than a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give youa sign: The virginwill conceive and give birth to a son, andwill call him Immanuel Robert Merton, a 20th century sociologist, is credited as coining the expression “self-fulfilling prophecy” which is “in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false […]

An Athlete Filled with the Holy Spirit

Exodus 31 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, […]

Hope Deferred

Proverbs 13:12 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. There are many sporting memories that remain etched in my mind and many have come on the highest stage, the Olympic Games.  One such memory is of U.S. speed skater Dan Jansen.  Dan was a world class speed […]

Strength in Weakness

1 Corinthians 1: 27 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. Jesus really did turn the world upside down with his preaching.  I’m sure the listeners scratched their heads many times when Jesus spoke.  What did he mean that […]