New season thoughts from Chaplain, Adam Whitley…
By Matty Paddock - 02/08/2019
Posted 5 months ago
The football season officially begins this week. The most popular sport in Europe will once again headline sports pages, influence workplace conversations and impact family life.
For many of us, we love our football and many love their faith. For some, football is a religion, but for many more, football and their faith are perfect partners. Some of the most famous and successful players are men of strong Christian faith. Players like Ederson, Victor Wanyama, Joel Ward, Daniel Sturridge, and of course, Kaka, are all very devote Christians.
So, what does being a Christian offer these players on the pitch? First, we must examine the message of Jesus. The essential message of the Bible is that Jesus wants us to be servant oriented. This is exactly what football teaches players. A football team requires every player to put his personal agenda below the teams. He learns that unless each player fulfils his role from the goalkeeper to the striker the entire team will suffer. Self-centeredness must give way to serving the team.
There is much in the Bible that supports the qualities needed for playing football. Many stories in the Bible tell of battles, of perseverance and of commitment. Romans 8:29 tells us God wants our character to be formed like Jesus, and football is a character-building enterprise. Learning how to win and lose gracefully happens by playing football.
Working hard toward a worthy goal and paying the price of self-sacrifice is learned playing football. Getting along with people who are different from you and appreciating their differences is learned playing football.
This season at the Harriers I believe that we will become known for three things; Integrity, intentionality and unity. All of these are essentials in us having a successful season and becoming the team we are destined to be. Let’s get behind the boys and believe that we are stepping into a season of success.
As Club Chaplain, Adam is available to contact at any time for guidance and support – even for those who do not consider themselves to be religious. If you’d like to get in touch with Adam, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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