Sunday, April 1, 2012

Competitors Creed!

When we begin running for a certain race or cause, sometimes we have to struggle to get in the training sessions, or push through the plateau.

When I was in high school, I was a part of the fellowship of Christian athletes (FCA). This was a group of school kids that shared two things in common: God and being an athlete. There was no religion affiliated with the group, we just prayed together and did devotionals based around sports and working out. Now three years later after high school graduation, I find myself getting back into the swing of being an athlete. I still have the devotional bibles, and words of encouragement, and I read over them from time to time.

When I saw this picture, it reminded me that we are God's people. Everything we do, we do for Him. Below is the Competitors Creed. This group of words are true whether we are tying our laces for the daily mile, or for the race we have been training for. If we could just remember these words and take every step for God, our training would be that much easier.

Competitor's Creed

I am a Christian first and last.
I am created in the likeness of
God Almighty to bring Him glory.
I am a member of Team Jesus Christ.
I wear the colors of the cross. 
 
I am a Competitor now and forever.
I am made to strive, to strain,
to stretch and to succeed
in the arena of competition.
I am a Christian Competitor
and as such, I face my challenger
with the face of Christ. 
 
I do not trust in myself.
I do not boast in my abilities
or believe in my own strength.
I rely solely on the power of God.
I compete for the pleasure of
my Heavenly Father, the honor of Christ
and the reputation of the Holy Spirit. 
 
My attitude on and off
the field is above reproach -
my conduct beyond criticism.
Whether I am preparing,
practicing or playing;
I submit to God's authority
and those He has put over me.
I respect my coaches, officials,
teammates and competitors
out of respect for the Lord. 
 
My body is the temple of Jesus Christ.
I protect it from within and without.
Nothing enters my body that
does not honor the Living God.
My sweat is an offering to my Master.
My soreness is a sacrifice to my Savior. 
 
I give my all - all of the time.
I do not give up. I do not give in.
I do not give out. I am the Lord’s warrior -
a competitor by conviction
and a disciple of determination.
I am confident beyond reason
because my confidence lies in Christ.
The results of my efforts
must result in His glory. 
 
LET THE COMPETITION BEGIN.
LET THE GLORY BE GOD'S. 

I hope these words touch you as much as they do me! Let me know what you think. Do you have any words of encouragement you run by?
XOXO,
Jenna

2 comments:

  1. Love this! I love the picture too! I had never seen either before and am so glad you posted them. When we put God first we can accomplish anything!

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    1. I agree with Hollie! Love this! :)

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