Thankful

by Stuart Weir

Real Life

No one saw it coming, especially Trevor Bayne. On the day after his 20th birthday, Bayne pulled off one of the greatest upset victories in NASCAR history with a final lap win at the Daytona 500. After just his second career Sprint Cup start, Bayne was thrust into the national spotlight where his steadfast Christian faith shone through.

“If I was doing this not for a purpose but just to race, then this year, I would’ve been a disaster,” Bayne said. “But when you have a purpose to work for something…it changes your whole perspective.”

At a later interview Chad Bonham (reporter) asked Trevor Bayne: “Are you trying to be a new kind of “young gun” in this sport?” And Trevor replied:” I want to be real. I don’t want to pose as anything. I don’t want to pose as a tough guy. I don’t want to pose as a nice guy. Whatever Trevor Bayne is, that’s what I’m going to be. I’m trying not to let that change me. Staying humble is the key to this. I try to let that shine through. This can be gone in a second. If it weren’t for God leading me through this, I’d be in trouble.”

Real Quotes

Psalm 119:73

You created me and put me together. Make me wise enough to learn what you have commanded.
Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire

‘God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast and when I run, I feel his pleasure’.

Thinking About It

We are created by God and made in his image – see Genesis 1:26. It is God who gave us the ability to play sport – to run, to catch, to have good hand-eye co-ordination. It is God who made us competitive.

If God has made us with a love for sport and a desire to compete, let us do it with all our might. Let us play with thankfulness for the gift of sport, which has so enhanced our life. Let us play in a spirit of worship as we give our talents back to God. As we remember that our abilities come from God, we should realize that we have no grounds to boast or be proud of our achievements – just extra reason to be thankful.

The second half of the verse gives us an important clue – we need wisdom. We need wisdom to understand how God sees sport and our participation in it. If sport is part of God’s creation, it is important. We need never feel guilty about investing time in developing the gift that God has given us.

PRAYING because you matter

Lord, thank you for creating me, all my gifts and abilities are a gift from you. Please give me wisdom to use them well and a humble heart to give the honour to you for all the success in my sport.

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