Very few athletes and coaches are going to have the opportunity to be interviewed by a newspaper or asked questions on camera by a television reporter. Many of us would just be thrilled to see ourselves in the ‘background audience’ of a sports highlight or newspaper picture.
But have we ever consciously thought about what we would talk about given the chance? 2 Timothy 4:2 says “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; —“ Chuck Colson, former President Nixon advisor, and present day Christian author and speaker has said — “I always know the answer before they ask me the question.”
Is it possible to preach the Word with your athletic performance? Is it possible to preach the Word while doing sports? Is it possible to preach the Word while being interviewed for a newspaper or television story? YES! God can use our actions and attitudes during the midst of competition, practice, and media interviews to preach the Gospel. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.” And some athletes and coaches He will give the opportunity to even use words, in very public arenas.
Please watch the following story of Dane Watts, current Creighton University basketball player, who is prepared IN SEASON —
*A special thanks to Omaha KETV Channel 7 sportscaster Matt Schick who loves the Lord and had the courage to do this feature story.