"Living on Purpose" by Amanda Tewksbury
“My goal is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings…” - Philippians 3:10
I’ll never forget my middle school coach, Coach Harris. Our team of girls would huddle eagerly around him, eyes filled with excitement and readiness. What in the world could get a group of middle school girls so focused for a mid-week practice at 3 p.m.? Purpose. Coach Harris consistently filled our minds with goals and purpose . We never lost a game that season, but most importantly, we never lost the important purposes Coach instilled in us.
In The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren states, “Everyone’s life is driven by something.” Warren explains that drive can be defined as “to control, to guide and to direct.” As athletes and coaches, we have endless pressures of what should drive us: the desire for approval, wanting to be remembered, the hope of being perfect, etc. If we’re not careful, the purposes we focus on can be self-centered and temporal.
In Philippians 3, the apostle Paul looks to a more eternal purpose: “to know Him.” What if we competed and coached with the purpose of growing in our knowledge of Jesus and focused on leaving a lasting impact through our relationship with Him? Sport can be a limitless way to create a lasting legacy for Jesus if we live, coach, and compete with His purposes.
What drives you in athletics? In life?
Philippians 3:13-15; 2 Peter 1:3-11
Lord, I know You created me for a life of significance: to love You and love others through You. Give me the grace to live this life focused on Your purposes. Amen.