In this week’s sports corner I want to talk about being faith-based in athletics. Being a Catholic School we are set apart from many of the schools that we compete against. We hold ourselves to standards that put God first in all that we do so I want to share some scripture and how that relates to our youth athletes.
1. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
As in all things, we must never let sports get in the way of our relationship with God. He is first.
2. “…do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
Though you work hard to excel, remember who it is that has given you the gift of being successful in sports. God deserves the glory, not you. Be humble in your accomplishments and use any attention given to you to lead others to Christ. The same is true for your losses and failures. Do not show poor sportsmanship and a bad attitude when things don’t go your way, offer it up for the glory of God.
3. “And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:2
All sports test us, challenge us, and push us to new limits. This is part of the fun and the adventure of athletics! Don’t give up or give in even when you are tired and tempted to quit. Press on with perseverance. Doing so in the physical sense will help drive you when things get difficult in your spiritual life too.
4. “Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.“ 2 Timothy 2:5
It should go without saying that the Christian athlete must know and play by the rules at all times. Whether you cheat in a game with a sneaky play or in practice when you don’t complete all the laps your coach asks of you, the only person you are really cheating is yourself. Integrity is a virtue that demonstrates that we do more than just believe in Jesus, we live like Him.
5. “All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-15
Be disciplined, self-controlled, and willing to make sacrifices. These are the characteristic marks of both the athlete and the Christian. It is the discipline that produces results.
Softball begins Conference Tournament this afternoon & Saturday
Stay up to date will all of the upcoming athletic events at: https://www.gogremlins.
SENIOR NIGHT for Baseball and Softball will be Thursday, April 22nd at the Liberty Stadium at 4:45. Please join us for a special night as we honor our seniors. Both games will be played at Liberty Park, the boys at the stadium, and the girls at Vansell field.
FREE physical night will be Sunday, April 25th from 4-6 here at the school- please check-in at the commons. This will be the only physical night we will be offering, there will not be another one until spring 2022.
Please feel free to reach out to me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org