"View of the Head Coach" by Sarah Roberts
“God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.” - Matthew 5:8 (NLT)
There was a little girl in an art class who had a hard time sitting still and listening to the teacher. But one day, the teacher noticed the girl listening intently before she began to draw. As the teacher watched, she asked about her drawing.
“Erica, what are you drawing?” asked the teacher.
“A picture of God,” the girl replied.
“But no one knows what God looks like,” the teacher replied.
“They will in a minute,” she said.
As athletes and coaches, we need to ask: “What does God look like to me?” Is He a God I turn to only when I’m injured? Is He a God that I know will be there for me whether I win or lose?
Often, our views of God are based on worldly experiences:
· If our coach is harsh, so is God.
· If our teammates let us down, so will God.
· When fans love us, so does God.
The problem is that our focus is on the world instead of its Creator. As Christian athletes, we play for the One who loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. Our views of God shouldn’t be based on our performances or worldly praises, but on God’s perfection.
As a Christian athlete, what words would you use to describe God?
Psalm 16:8; Psalm 103
Lord, I trust You with my talents, my team, and my heart because You are good, loving, and faithful. Help me not to see You through worldly eyes, but through the eyes of Jesus. Amen.