In my experiences as an athlete, coach, coach’s wife and parent — I think the overwhelming obstacle for any athlete to develop into the maximum athlete God has designed them to be is FEAR. Fear comes in alot of different forms.
This past basketball season our 11 year old son had a ‘God revelation’ moment. He is a ‘people pleaser’ and has always sought the approval of us his parents and his coaches. He’s been blessed with athletic talents, but you could see he played sometimes tentative as he played afraid of failure or mistakes in all his sports. It limited his maximum effort.
We challenged him to think on what God says in Colossians 3:23, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, NOT FOR MEN.” It was incredible to observe over the last 3 weeks of competition the difference in his play and his recognition of the difference.
My encouragement to you today is — you’re never to young (or old) to try to grasp this concept of Doing Sports God’s Way. It’s not easy and I can’t say I’ve totally grasped it and never failed at it — challenge young athletes to make Godly applications of God’s Word in sports. As you know, retraining a habit of Doing Sports Man’s Way is alot more difficult than right training in the very beginning!