Fear dominates the sports world. It doesn’t matter what level of competition. This season, 3 time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards was faced with the second knee injury of his career. It was no shock to me to hear how he handled the situation.
Arenas said this in a recent interview with the Washington Post. “It’s more mental,” said Arenas, who has not played since undergoing surgery on Nov. 21 to repair the left medial meniscus and a non-weight bearing bone on the side of the knee. “I’m actually scared to play right now. I think that’s where we’re at right now so I’m looking at it game by game. I think I’m scared to go out there right now.”
This is a sad reality. Instead of focusing on Christ and the cross, athletes often times get caught into the fear trap. This trap has a way of handcuffing athletes and keeping them from going anywhere near the potential that God has planned for them. In Gilbert’s case, it’s keeping him from competing altogether.
In 2 Timothy 1:7, God says “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.” Is the sin of fear driving your competition? If so, confess it and repent of it. Yes! The Gospel has power even over obstacles such as this.
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