“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”– Ephesians 5:20 NLT
We love to play! If you are into games and sports, there is a thrill that comes with competing that little else brings to your life. In high school, tossing the discus with proper technique and distance was a real charge for me. When playing pick-up basketball as an adult, hitting a string of jumpers still makes my adrenaline go. Even when I am just doing sudoku, the more blanks I fill in, the more I get drawn into beating the puzzle. Whether it is against another or against yourself, competition almost seems to give zest to life in that moment.
Are you thankful that you can compete? Maybe you like word or number puzzles, or track and field, or basketball, or equestrian; whatever it is, competition gives us so much, and we should be thankful to participate in it. But let’s break it down further; here are some reasons to be thankful for the chance to compete:
What a wonderful thing to be able to get some much out of something so fun! We can learn about ourselves. We can bring out something incredible in others. We can bring honor to God and all of this through sports. How great is that!
The next time you get ready to ball out, ride, or even pull out that sudoku, give Him thanks for the chance to do it and for all the great things that can come from it.
Colossians 3:15-17; Psalm 100
“Father, I am so grateful that I get to play what I do. Help me to grow as a follower of You and to bring out the best in others. And may You get the glory. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
Mark has been on staff with FCA in Maine since 2014. He has served as Area Representative and Area Director over multiple counties. Mark is currently working primarily with college coaches and athletes in Central Maine. He is also a character coach for a local college football team. Mark lives in Richmond, Maine with his wife Denise, three kids Isaac, Hadassah, and Tobias, an old cat and a young dog (a busy house)!