If you have read the posts in this blog before then you know that, I was inspired to start sharing the stories of professional athletes that are Christ-followers and are living out their faith for all to see. I have really enjoyed digging into the stories of these pro athletes and learning lessons from their lives.
If this is something that also interests you, then I want to share a great resource with you. The web-site is called “Faith in the Game” You can find them on facebook, too. Search for them, it will be worth it!
It is a great site, started by former Major League catcher Ben Petrick, and writer/ high school coach Scott Brown. Just a quick perusal of the site will find articles on players such as MLB’s Albert Pujols, Eric Chavez, Adrian Gonzalez, Clint Hurdle, NFL’s Colt McCoy, NBA’s Mark Jackson, to name a few. These are the stories of these men, in their own words. Be encouraged!
And while you are at Faith in the Game, be encouraged by the story of Ben Petrick, you can also read it from the Portland Tribune story here. He was a star catcher in the minors whose career was affected and eventually ended by Parkinson’s Disease.
He continues to live his life of faith for all to see, and is impacting lives on the web, and on the field (he is coaching high school baseball).
His is yet another story of God working through people who remain faithfully devoted to Him, even through the hard times of life.
This is a lesson that keeps surfacing in my life. I come across people who face hard challenges and stay true to their relationship with God.
Today, at my work, I lead the chapel service, and was compelled to talk about the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, as they faced Nebuchadnezzar’s fiery furnace. What great men of faith!
We know that God desires us to remain true to him, even in hardships of life, and they are a great example of that. I have really enjoyed the study of faith that God has lead me on this summer. It has helped my faith in Him and dependency on Him to grow. Yet the words of these 3 young Israelite men still challenge me. Facing a fiery furnace, they believed that God could deliver them, but look at these verses. “But, even if He doesn’t we will not bow down to your statue.”
That boldness and strength of faith challenges me to live out my faith in the world I live in, and to be BOLD in my stand for Him.
So please, go find this blog, check back often, like them on facebook and pray for the sphere of their influence to grow as these men seek to impact the world for Christ.