Introducing... Faith Played Out
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE SERIES THAT IS ABOUT TO UNFOLD.
IF YOU HAD TO ASK ME MY TWO BIGGEST PASSIONS, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY JESUS AND SPORT. LUCKILY FOR ME, FAITH PLAYED OUT COMBINES THE TWO!
I am and have always been a keen sportswoman. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved in many different sports throughout my life, competing at most levels from school sports days through to national level events.
Sport commands a huge amount of my identity, time, interest, energy and study and yet it is only in the last few years have I felt convicted to really work out how God fits into that. Two things cannot compete to consume your entire being and as much as I love sport it’s worth remembering that before anything else, we are called to love and serve God with our whole life.
God should come first in every part of our every day and that includes our sporting life.
Whether we’re training, competing, out on a social or, in my case, eating breakfast at a ridiculous hour in the morning to get to a 6am outing! With God present in every moment, our perception of sport should be changed. When we welcome new life with Jesus we welcome a new sporting life too!
God blesses us all differently, I am so thankful he has given me the gift of enjoying and being half decent at sport. A friend once told me ‘we serve God best when we use our interests for His glory.’
Equally we can invest too much in something. When you’re investing so many hours into training, making progress to that one competitive moment or when you’re just completely exhausted God can often slip out of the picture. Sport can so quickly become an idol, something that brings out the worst in us, a provoker of jealousy, anger or anxiety, an activity for our own pleasure.
Faith Played Out is a series about how sport and Jesus collide.
Sporty or not, I hope that as this series unfolds you will engage with the valuable and gospel-centred posts these incredible girls share with you. There are lessons for everyone to learn about how we can continue to live a life wholeheartedly serving Jesus whilst also pursuing and enjoying the gifts that He gives us.