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“All I know most surely about morality and obligation I owe to football”,

Albert Camus

A person’s significance is not based on sporting achievement

Jesus Christ… the same yesterday and today and for ever Hebrews 13:8.

The sport that I spend most of my time in is track and field athletics. Athletes are categorized by their performance. He’s an 8 metre long-jumper; she’s a sub 2 minute 800 runner etc. It is hard not to see your significance in relation to your Personal Best. Just to rub it in, the stats sheets given to journalists record SB (Season’s Best) and PB. In other words, it is not enough just to have jumped 8 metres – have you done it this year?

A common cliché in sport is that you are ‘only as good as your last game’. If your significance and self-worth are determined by your last performance on the sports field, then you have a problem. Even the greatest of sportspeople cannot achieve the same standard all the time. Champion golfer Bernhard Langer has said that he is dissatisfied with 95% of the golf shots that he hits—and he is a winner!

When footballer Alan Comfort’s career was ended by injury, he became acutely aware of this: “You go from being worth an awful lot to people to absolutely nothing”.

It is important always to remember that our identity as Christians comes from the fact that God has created us in his own image and that through Christ he has redeemed us. We have infinite worth because God sent his only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.

It is inevitable that we will care about performance as that is how we earn our living. However we need to remember that significance is based on what Jesus has done for us, not on how fast we can run around a track.

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