18 "Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust."
1 Peter 2:18 (ESV)
Your relationships here on earth reflect how you interact with God. Athlete, how do you interact with your coaches and with the people in authority above you?
This Scripture tells us that we are commanded to honor and respect our authorities. You may not always agree with those in authority, but truthfully, it doesn’t matter much. God asks you to honor them unless they are asking you to sin.
He asks you to honor everyone, even those who don’t know Him. When everyone else chooses to disobey, your behavior will speak to those around you that there is something different about you.
Athlete, if you aren’t willing to honor and respect your authority here on earth, will you be willing to obey God when He asks you to do something you don’t prefer?
Reflection: Read 1 Peter 2:13-25. Are there any people in your life to whom you are not showing respect?