Athlete, love like Jesus


Athlete, love like Jesus

Tom Petersburg

1 John 4:19 (NASB)

We love, because He first loved us.

Following Jesus is an everyday thing. It can’t be restricted to “giving God the glory” after a big win or in tough times. Teammates notice our faith in the normal flow of life. We can all grow in these things, but Jesus will make Himself evident.

Two weeks after open heart surgery to repair a faulty valve, I was back in the hospital to resolve a problem with my heart rhythm. It was frustrating to live with the fatigue caused by my heart pounding at double the normal rate 24/7. I was not a happy camper.

A young African-American nurse assigned to my room went about her 12-hour shift as three cardiologists debated their next tactic to rein in my heartbeat. Whether the nurse was interacting with her co-workers and doctors, taking another blood draw or answering my questions, I couldn’t help but notice her attitude, patience, kindness, professionalism and diligence.

On one of her stops in my room to check my heart vitals, I asked her if she was a Christ-follower. That got a huge smile and a brief testimony. I commented how obvious it was that she knew Christ by the way she worked and interacted with people. She lit up and simply replied, “I love my patients; I just love my patients.”

Love like Jesus. That is the stuff of everyday faith.

Jesus said that Christians would be known by their love. It’s a spill-over from knowing how deeply we have been loved by God. Our faith in everyday life has an impact on teammates, coaches and strangers by the way we love people.

Today’s devotional is one of five this week on “Everyday Faith” by Tom Petersburg.


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