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Sports Spectrum Daily Devotional: Friday, July 19, 2019

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” — John 14:26 (NASB)

The Helper

Earlier this week, I watched one of the most epic tennis matches I’ve ever seen. Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battled it out for the men’s championship at Wimbledon in England. This was one of those sporting events you knew was special from the beginning, but as the match went on — two hours in, three hours in — you saw these legendary athletes, both in their 30s, compete in a match for the ages.

Tennis is an interesting sport because it’s just you and the person you’re going against. Nobody else. It’s one on one. If you mess up, it’s on you. If you win, it’s because of what you were able to do. It’s so much different from a team sport.

In life, trying to play a tennis match is a nice way to go, but I can promise you weren’t created to live life as a tennis match — by yourself, facing the world solo. You were created to thrive and live in community with others. You were meant to do this life with other people by your side and not alone.

Jesus talks in the gospel of John that we are never alone if we trust in Him because He sent the Helper to guide us and be with us. That helper is the Holy Spirit, sent by God to teach us and help us remember all Christ has sacrificed.

Today, go forth knowing you aren’t alone. The Helper is with you wherever you go.

— Jason Romano, Sports Spectrum Podcast host

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