“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me His prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.” — 2 Timothy 1: 7-8
Don’t Be Timid
Many of the best athletes in sports today played at colleges without high-profile programs known for producing pros. Antonio Brown (Central Michigan), Adam Thielen (Minnesota State) and Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) come to mind in football. Basketball examples include Damion Lillard (Weber State) and Steph Curry (Davidson). Even though they weren’t recruited by traditional powers, they continued to trust in their abilities and kept working to improve their game.
These players, and plenty of others in similar situations, refused to let the disadvantages that come with going to smaller schools prevent them from pursuing professional careers. At some point, they were given a chance to show what they were capable of. When the opportunity came, they proved they could play with the best of the best and belonged at the highest level sports can offer.
Even though we don’t have the answer to every question and may not feel qualified, God calls us to be bold in our faith. He sent the Holy Spirit so we can share our testimony and spread God’s love fearlessly. God offers hope and eternal life to everyone — that’s a huge deal!
With the Holy Spirit’s help, we don’t have to be ashamed or timid when talking about what the Lord has done.
— Joshua Doering
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