Like a well-tended campfire that radiates warmth and light, our passions can burn when fueled with the right intensity and commitment. As athletes and believers in Jesus, we must be passionate in our physical pursuits and our faith journey. Here are four ways to kindle the flames of passion within us: two as dedicated competitors in the gym and two as followers of Christ.
- Fuel Your Body Like a Temple: In the gym, treat your body as the sacred temple it is. Nourish it with wholesome foods, rest, and proper hydration. Just as your body is a temple, keep it in the best shape possible to honor God. You wouldn’t do anything to a temple that would desecrate it. Think the same with your body.
- Train with Purpose and Intensity: Every repetition, every burpee, every mile run is an opportunity to glorify God through your dedication and hard work.
- Stoke the Flames of Your Faith: Passion for Jesus is not a one-time experience; it requires ongoing devotion. Dive into God’s Word, pray, and surround yourself with a community of fellow believers who share your hunger for Jesus. As you relentlessly pursue PRs in the gym, seek a deeper relationship with Christ.
- Amplify Your Faith Through Acts of Love: Competitors don’t just give a portion of their time and resources to causes; they go all in. Give your full measure, not just in the gym but also in God’s kingdom. Participate in charitable endeavors, lend a helping hand, and spread the love of Christ to those who need it.
In the glow of a campfire, we witness the captivating dance of flames, each contributing its unique energy to the collective warmth. Similarly, as Christians and athletes, we are part of a passionate community where our dedication to physical health and our faith in Jesus can create a radiant, impactful fire emanating His life-changing love for others.
1. Write down two other ways to increase your passion and zeal for The Lord.