Christian Athlete


Reader:

Do you have any advice for a christian athlete?


Eternity:

Performance as though you were doing it for the Lord, and be sure to thank him when it all goes well.


Reader:

Do you have a verse that could help me?


Eternity:

Yes, give me a minute...


Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:7-8‬ ‭NLT‬‬


So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:31‬ ‭NLT‬‬


As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.” When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:17-18‬ ‭NLT‬‬


But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—...”

‭‭Acts‬ ‭20:24‬ ‭NLT‬‬


All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:25-27‬ ‭NLT‬‬


For the Lord sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:21‬ ‭NLT‬‬


And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”

‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬


Reader

I liked more the last one.


Eternity

Maybe the last and the first.


Reader

Yeah, the first too. Most of the athletes play for the applause of people, which is a dangerous thing.


Eternity

Yes, fame can be a trap.


Reader

I have been dealing eith anxiety and fear of failure. Searching answer throught the Word and preaching...


Eternity

Fear of failure can be a huge motivator, if you put it all on the line, so as failure would be a devastating setback. When I set out to become a truck driver about 17 years ago, I put everything on the line, spent a month in driving school 2000 miles from hometown. If I had failed the school, I would’ve been broke and homeless, so failure was not an option. I spent much time in prayer, and had many wonderful informative dreams during those few weeks.


In fact, since I started this story, I may as well tell about God having arranged an opportunity during the 2000 mile bus ride, for me too receive a blessing at the driving school in Tennessee. By pure coincidence, the very same bus was scheduled to go the whole 2000 miles, but along the way it developed mechanical trouble, so we had to switch buses in St. Louis.


It was during this switch where God provided the opportunity for me to step up and bless another person. Each rider had to carry their own bags from bus A to bus B, and in this process of transferring, I lost my bus ticket, so they would not let me on bus B. The clerk said they were not in the habit of giving out free tickets, she would not believe me.


I sat down in the bus terminal for a while to think about what to do about this. There was also a young man sitting there, who had lost his ticket to, and he didn’t know what he was going to do, his aunt had purchased his ticket. After sharing our problems with each other for a while, I decided to use my last little bit on a credit card to purchase a bus ticket to finish the journey.


As soon as the transaction was completed, someone brought my ticket to the window, and the clerk was very surprised to learn that I had told the truth about having a ticket. She was able to quickly refund my money, but then I decided to buy the young man a ticket with that money. It was that decision that allowed God to bless me through the driving school, but of course I didn’t realize it at the time.


The school was tough, people were dropping out for different reasons, even something as simple as having a gap in their employment record, or something on their criminal record. Since the company I was going to drive for owned the school, then we were employees in training. Then at the end of the class, everybody had to pass the backing test, and that was tough, but fortunately I passed OK.


The day prior, the school gave me the keys to a truck and pointed to the backing course, and I diligently practiced. There was parallel parking, dock bumping, and straight backing. By noon I was pretty much tired of the repetitiveness, but I kept at it all day long and it paid off.


As I mentioned earlier about many wonderful dreams, this occurred at the school. These dreams were revealing that the Lord is always there to help when disaster approaches. In the dreams, I would be in a situation that became quite dangerous, and I would quickly request the lords help, and he immediately resolved the problem. The dreams were different, each teaching me something new about the Lord‘s faithfulness.


“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.

‭‭John‬ ‭10:14-15‬ NLT

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