“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14-16)
The importance of veteran leadership on any sports team can’t be overstated. Even if a team is loaded with young talent, experienced players are brought in to set an example for the younger players. Role players in the NBA like J.J Redick ($23 million for one year) and Jared Dudley ($30 million over three years) aren’t being paid for what they bring on the court as much as what they do off it. The 76ers and Suns invested in these veterans to mentor players like Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, and Devin Booker and to teach them how to be professionals.
Just like veterans provide an example to newer players, we as Christians are God’s examples on earth. We are called to be different and stand out as the light of the world. Everything that we say and do should be representative of Christ’s incredible and unfailing love. We’re not perfect and are going to make mistakes along the way. That gives us opportunities to show grace and mercy to others the same way God did to us through his son Jesus.
We need to make it as obvious as possible that we are living for Christ and Christ alone because we are the instruments through which Christ spreads His love. It is our job to share the Good News and show people how much God loves them through both our words and actions.
God’s love needs to be shared, not hidden!
– Joshua Doering
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