for love of the game
July 11, 2018

Beyond The Game

By: Elizabeth Blevins [Winston, GA]

When God handed out gifts, athletic ability was not one of mine.

My friends, however, are talented athletes. I love watching them go all in for softball.

As our senior year arrived, they decided to take their role as leaders seriously. Previous senior players hadn’t always set an example that honored God. My friends dared to be different. They wanted the bond between teammates to go beyond the field. They loved the game, but they knew there was something more important.

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Elizabeth (right) with senior players

Deciding to be a light for their team, they started a Bible study for the players, invited their teammates to church, and carefully watched their own words and actions. My friends poured their hearts and souls into their teammates. Even as an onlooker, I was encouraged by their example and by the changes I could see in the players’ lives.

SHINE YOUR LIGHT: My friends used their passion for softball to show others God’s love. If you play a sport, how can you be a light for your teammates? If you’re not an athlete, what gifts can you use to set an example that honors God?

Put It Into Practice

What practices could help you stay focused on God this week? In what ways can you practice loving others as you have been loved?

for love of the game


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