See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. – 1 John 3:1

I can assume for most of you that you have been playing your sport for quite a long time. Even long before your sport became organized, you were a child on the playground or in the backyard playing with a ball. The reality is that being a child means playing in some way or another. We find in our relationship with God this reverse effect; a step back into being a child once again and forevermore. Instead of a process of becoming more independent, our faith journey is actually a process of becoming more dependent.

When I think of a child playing, I see a child who is free, joyful, and unafraid; a child having fun. There is a sense of recklessness about them. They aren’t concerned with failing or fearful of making a mistake. They certainly aren’t weighed down by what other people think. I am convinced this is because they trust their guardian nearby. Their guardian’s presence secures them and their love frees them which allows them to be a child; allows them to play.

What if we took this attitude with us into our sport? What if we embraced being a child of God? Playing like a child doesn’t cause you to be unfocused or careless about what you are doing. Rather, it causes you to take the focus off of yourself and enjoy the game because your Guardian is nearby. 

  • Meditate on what it means to be a child of God.
  • Ask God to give you faith and belief that you are His child.
  • Pray that you would play like a child in light of His presence and love for you.