This topic is is adapted from the 365 Bible YouTube channel.
Christian athletes, regardless of their skills on the court or the field, are called to humility.
- It’s a hard line to walk for Christian athletes. You have to be good at what you do and confident in it, but you can’t let that confidence turn into pride. Tony set it up as a continuum in his mind but realized that his continuum was actually a fallacy.
- True humility is not thinking less of yourself. (If you’re a Christian, you’re a child of God and are not worthless by definition!) It’s about thinking of yourself less.
- Christians reflect our great God, and he is not a mediocre God, and he empowers us in every area of our lives. This doesn’t mean we’ll always succeed, but it does mean we reflect his greatness.
- When we hear the call of Christ to put others ahead of ourselves, we become others-focused. This makes us great children, siblings, friends, parents, and teammates.
Compared to the greatness of Jesus, it doesn’t matter how skilled (or unskilled!) we are at any sport, instrument, school subject, or anything else at all. This should set us free to be great at everything we do as turn our eyes to Jesus and to serving others in his name. It’s about thinking about Jesus, and thinking about those around us, more.
Written content for this topic by Daniel Martin.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- How humble would you say you are as an athlete? Why do you answer this way? And be honest!
- How do you define “true humility?” Do you agree with Tony’s assessment in the video? Explain.
- What are some ways you can think of yourself less without thinking less of yourself?
- In what ways do you think Christians are called to reflect their great God? Give an example or share a story.
- How does true humility set us free to be the best we can be? Explain.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.