Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional - Friday, August 17, 2018

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Balancing Act

One of the most fascinating parts of sports to me is the mental aspect. The seasons are a grind and require mental toughness to get through. One of the things coaches often stress is the importance of staying even-keeled emotionally.

With the exception of elimination games, a win doesn’t guarantee success moving forward and one loss doesn’t end a season. The best teams are able to strike a balance between taking each game seriously and not letting a bad result snowball into a massive losing streak.

We should approach our faith in a similar manner. When something wonderful happens in our lives, it’s easy to forget about God and think we did it on our own. Of course, that’s not the case at all! It’s just as important to turn to God in the good times as it is when we’re struggling. Remembering that all the blessings we’ve received are gifts from God helps keep everything in perspective.

When things aren’t going so well, God is still right there with us. He loves and cares for His children in every situation. Life’s trials are an opportunity to really put our faith in Him. It’s amazing what God can do when we completely trust Him.

I see part of Christianity as a balancing act. We can’t get so high that we forget nothing is possible without God and need to remember the hope we have in Him in our lower moments. 

Joshua Doering

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