Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Thursday, July 5, 2018

Killian Mbappe is a 19-year-old soccer player who helped France knock Argentina out of the World Cup recently. He scored two goals and forced a penalty kick in the 4-3 thriller. His speed and skill are the keys to his success, which is all the more impressive when you consider how young Killian is.

This reminds me of something the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy in his first letter to him:

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” — 1 Timothy 4:12

As older people, many of us can make a serious mistake if we look down on young people. God can use anyone to be the example we need, and very often it is the young. We need to respect all and be humble enough to learn from anyone.

As young people, we can make the mistake to underestimate our influence. Like Timothy, we can inspire others with what we say to others, what we do for them and to them, how we love them, how we trust God, and how we keep ourselves holy.

Stephan van der Merwe

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