In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's all too easy to let what we do define us. But what if I told you that what you do is not who you are... it's just what you do?
Consider this scenario: from the time you were young, you've dedicated yourself to your sport. Every day, you commit to practice, training, learning, and competing. Through this dedication, you not only hone your skills as an athlete but also cultivate a network of connections—teammates, coaches, mentors, friends—who primarily know you within the realm of athletics.
If left unchecked, this is where things can get messy. Let me explain...
As athletes, our identities can become intertwined with what we do - our achievements, our successes, and even our failures. We often find ourselves answering the question, "Who are you?" with a laundry list of accomplishments or titles.
State Champ, Runner Up, Team Captain, District Qualifier, Bench Warmer...
But is that truly who we are?
As a strength and conditioning coach, I've seen firsthand how athletes can become so entrenched in their sport that they lose sight of who they are outside of it. But here's the thing: our worth and value aren't tied to our performance or accolades. Our true identity lies in something far greater.
In the Bible, we're reminded time and time again of our identity as children of God. John 1:12 tells us that to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
Romans 8:16-17 reassures us that we are God's children, and since we are His children, we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.
Galatians 3:26-28 emphasizes that in Christ Jesus, we are all children of God through faith, regardless of our backgrounds or accomplishments.
So, what does this mean for us as athletes? It means that while our passion for sports is undoubtedly a part of who we are, it doesn't define our entire existence. Our identity as children of God transcends our performance on the field or in the gym.
We are chosen (1 Peter 2:9), handpicked by God for a purpose greater than ourselves. We are free (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), liberated from the chains of performance-based worth, and empowered to live boldly as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
And speaking of purpose, Ephesians 2:10 reminds us that we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Our talents, passions, and pursuits are gifts from God, entrusted to us to glorify Him and serve others.
So, the next time someone asks you, "Who are you?" remember that you are a child of God, chosen, free, and created for a purpose beyond measure.
Keep striving, keep pushing, but never forget who you truly are: a beloved child of God.
Dedicated to your success,
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