For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power. – 1 Corinthians 4:20 We all know a teammate or opponent that talks a big game, but can’t back it up. Off the field, they walk and talk with swagger, but when it comes down to it, their talk is only a cover up to their lack of confidence [...]
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. – 1 John 3:16 Sports provide a great opportunity to practice what we believe. Our games and practices are a setting, similar to a laboratory, where our character and identity are tested [...]
“Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:23-24 Recently, I was having a conversation with my dad, a longtime collegiate baseball coach, who said, “Our performance rarely, if ever, exceeds our self-image.” He went on to explain how some of his players struggle in the game [...]
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4 A common word we like to use in sports is grind. “Keep grinding!”, “Enjoy the grind!”, and “Grind it [...]
7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7 The prophet Samuel was given the task of finding the next king of Israel after Saul. Similar to how [...]
Every Friday, game day, you will receive a link to read a short devotional. My goal for the devotional is that it will realign your heart to the right motivation before you play.
About the Author
For those of you I haven’t met, my name is Case Smith. I was born in Starkville, MS, in August 1994, but my dad’s new baseball coaching job moved us to Waco two months later. Being a coach’s kid, sports have been a part of my life since I can remember. My dad has coached collegiate baseball for over 28 years and that means that I was pretty much raised on the field. Growing up, I played most sports before I decided to only play baseball when I got to high school. I achieved one of my greatest dreams when I graduated high school and had the opportunity to play for my dad at the next level. I also can’t talk about my childhood without mentioning my favorite teammate and brother, Ryan. We had our differences growing up, but watching him play quarterback as well as playing baseball alongside him at Midway and Baylor was one of the biggest blessings of my life. Simply put, sports are in my DNA.
The best part about my life growing up was not having a dad who was a coach or my brother being a teammate, but having parents who followed Jesus. I remember them sharing stories of the Bible and praying with me before I went to sleep. I remember going to church and watching them worship God. Finally, I remember jumping into my dad’s arms in our living room and telling him I want to follow Jesus. Without their influence, I would not be who I am today (a sinner saved by grace).
Today, I am married to my sweet wife, Danelle, and serve as the Director of Recreation at First Woodway. For some time now, God has been stirring up a passion to help athletes follow Jesus and my hope is that CrossRoads can be an outlet for that passion.