17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. – 1 Corinthians 7:17

One of my hopes through CrossRoads is to help Christian athletes play and live burden free—that you would experience joy and confidence instead of disappointment and self-doubt while playing the game you love. Theodore Roosevelt wisely said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Not only does comparison steal joy, but it also destroys an athlete’s confidence and is a poison to team (and church) unity.

We overcome the sin of comparison by knowing our calling, or if you prefer sports lingo, our role. I believe our role is not defined by what we offer just on the court or field, but it is our unique way in which we can help or serve our team. When we are uncertain of our role, or just base it on playing time or ability, we begin to compare ourselves to other teammates. This either fills us with pride or self-doubt, neither of which helps you or your team.

Whether you are on the bench or playing every play, you have a purpose greater than your position or circumstance. Although I think it might be a great idea to ask your coach what your role is on your team, I think it is more important to ask God what His calling is for you while you’re in this season. Allow Him to define your purpose and free you from comparison. Once He tells you, embrace it!

  • Confess your moments of comparison.
  • Ask God to reveal His calling for you this season.
  • Embrace your role and put it into action.

Side Note: I must confess that much of what I shared this week is what God has been teaching me through a book I am reading. The book is called “The Burden is Light” by Jon Tyson and I highly recommend it.