Athlete, Help Is Near


Athlete, Help Is Near

Dean Thornton

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121‬:‭1‬-‭4‬ (‭NIV)

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip—He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

I try to start each week in my life with a sense of structure I can stick with. Mind you, I may veer off track a little during that week, but I still find my way back to what’s needed to be done by the end of it, for the most part.

I remember working at an old job where the days and weeks would go by, and I wouldn’t have much time for myself. I would get bogged down, and Mondays are hard to get up for, in general, but during that moment in time I dreaded them.

In sports you may feel the same way with practice in the off season. You may have early practice, class, study session, practice again or lifting, eat and then sleep, and repeat. Your joy can get sucked out of you easily with the monotony of life.

Years later, I see the start of the week as a new beginning. When you find your passion, you tend to look at things with a little bit more joy and kick in your step.

In today’s verse, the psalmist David talks about looking up at the tall vast peaks of the mountains and wondering where his help will come from. He realizes that help won’t be coming from mountains but from God who made those mountains, and the earth and the sea.

God sees me and knows what lies ahead, what blessings that He has in store if I just continue putting my trust in Him.

I notice when I do give Him my trust, that’s when He changes my outlook, not just with the week, but with life in general. That’s when I remember my purpose, which is to honor Him, which makes anything that I am tasked to do for that week, seem minuscule in comparison.

Even when I am thinking of new writing ideas, I don’t have to look up, I just close my eyes and pray and know that my help comes from God. 

Dean Thornton is the writer and voice behind For My King His Kingdom podcast, a Christian podcast to encourage athletes who deal with mental health issues. For more episodes, check out Dean’s website and follow For My King His Kingdom on Apple Podcasts and Audible.

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