Tag Archives: Sports Devotional

Depressed? Where do You Turn?

Psalm 42: 5 Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. The Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine published a study called: “The prevalence of failure-based depression among elite athletes.” (Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine: 2013 Jul 23(4):273-7). The study was designed […]

When You are Treated Unfairly

James 1:2-3  Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. If you are involved in sports, especially competitive sports, you will almost certainly experience some form of unfair treatment at some point in your athletic career.  You may be […]

Being All Things to All People

1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.  The Decathlon is a grueling two-day test of all-round athletic ability consisting of throwing, jumping, and running events totalling ten in all.  If you were to […]

What is a Gracious Loser?

Philippians 2:3-4   3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Elite athletes have a serious dilemma they must work through.  Aside from physical advantages such as talent, size or strength, successful athletes usually […]

Are You a Choker?

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  No serious athlete ever wants to be called “a choker”.   When the clock ticks down on the basketball court and the ball is in your hands and you throw a brick.  Or you […]

Watch your Life!

1 Timothy 4:16  Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. Picture in your mind the captain of a team.  They take their job seriously, watching over each player on the team, making sure that they are making wise decisions: eating well, getting […]

The Counselor will Convict the World

John 16:8a  And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. Coaching is critical, demands respect and requires athletes to put trust in them. Coaches have many functions including teacher, trainer, motivator, role model, friend and often counselor.  Great coaches counsel their athletes with what they need to hear.  […]