33“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:33-34
Although this passage is calling us to trust in God to provide for our basic needs (food, drink, and clothing), I believe it also has truth we can apply to our athletic endeavors. Too many times we focus on the future, the outcome, the decisions we cannot control. We worry about what might, could or should happen rather than the present moment. The writer of Matthew roots this worry in our priorities.
What would happen if you put seeking Jesus above getting better in your sport? What if you prioritized spending time with Him over spending time in the weight room? Athletes, including myself back in the day, have a hard time with this. We put our sport first in our life and then wonder why we are filled with anxiety, especially when it comes to a game or our future with the sport. Obviously, I am not saying you shouldn’t work hard and focus on your sport, but I am repeating the words above: seek first his kingdom and his righteousness.
The truth is your sport, even if you have all the success and glory it brings, will never satisfy. Unlike God, our sport has limitations to what it can give us, but when we seek God first and trust Him, we find peace and satisfaction regardless of what we are doing. Never forget that the One this passage is calling you to seek first is the same One who gave you the talents, dreams and opportunities you have.
- What (or who) comes first in your life?
- Ask God to be first in your life and to fill you with His peace.
- Thank God for the talent, dreams and opportunities you have.