Athlete, You Never Know
Bridgitt M. Bradley-Brown
James 4:14 (English Standard Version)
Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.
Adversity comes in many forms and in various ways. Injuries are an area most athletes have to
deal with at one point or another.
I used to have this dream about a big game: I’m prepared, ready, yet something’s missing. It could be I forgot my shoes, have the wrong uniform, or something is preventing me from getting into the game.
You never know what the next day may bring, so live each day as if it is your last. Learn to play each day for the Lord. As a multiple sport athlete, with God’s help, I learned how to play through an injury. However, it is hard to suffer an injury that requires rehabilitation or takes us out for the season.
The enemy begins to bring thoughts of doubt, fear and failure. God does not want us in pain; it is a result of our sinful world. God wants us to make the best of an unfortunate situation. Sometimes our plans for athletic success do not go as planned; but God can use the bad for good.
As a three-sport athlete in high school, I had scholarship offers, and thank God, I never had a career-ending injury. God gave me many opportunities in sports I had never dreamed of and at elite levels I had only once hoped to achieve.
He loves us and wants the best for us. Turn to Him and expect great things because you never know.
Reflect: How would you deal with an injury that prevents you from performing? During uncertain times, how do you remain faithful to God despite your injury or adversity?