What does love mean to you? Love has many meanings and is used in a variety of ways. We will be sharing our thoughts, lessons and our love for the Lord with you throughout this month. After all, it is February. Today, Anastasia is speaking on the love of sports and how teamwork can not only be played on the court or field, but also in our everyday lives. Please don’t forget to leave your love in the comments.

Photo Credit Anastasia Maness

Photo Credit Anastasia Maness

For the Love of the Game
by Anastacia Maness

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

People love sports. Yesterday was the Superbowl, one of the most watched games of the year. If you didn’t watch the Superbowl, maybe you’ve recently watched your children or grandchildren play baseball or basketball.

Have you ever thought about what it takes for an athlete to reach the championship finals? Do they just show up on game day and start throwing the ball around?

When my 9-year-old daughter, Hannah, first started playing basketball she became tired very quickly during her first game. I encouraged her that if she would run back and forth in the yard every day, she would build her endurance to last longer next time.

After racing her brothers daily, her muscles were sore from the exercise but she was becoming stronger. By the end of the season she was able to stay standing throughout the game.

A team sport requires all players to work together. They must work individually to build their muscle and endurance. If one player doesn’t do his or her part to help the team, the whole team can fail to reach its goal.

Athletes on a team must learn each other’s strengths and work together. The team that wins is usually the one that had the best teamwork.

That’s what Paul is talking about in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. We are all on a team. Our team is our family. Our goal is to work on ourselves individually and to help each other grow in Christ as a family. By doing this, we build endurance to face the challenges thrown at us by this world.

We’re not just showing up and running around aimlessly. We’re not just punching in the wind. We have the perfect coach, Jesus. We have the perfect playbook, the Bible. Our trophy is an eternal reward.

With Jesus as our coach and the Bible as our playbook, we can be confident that our team will win.

Are you on God’s team? Will you play for Him?

Please leave your comments below. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness

Anastacia Maness is a preacher’s wife, homeschooling mother of 6 blessings, and writer. When she’s not busy counting her blessings, she’s writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families. 

–Anastacia “Stacie” Maness

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Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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