After meeting several of the Nyack College athletes, they each have personally inspired me in their reliance on God to push through the challenges they face in both their sport and life. They have shown me what it means to stay dedicated, persevere, and to glorify God in life and sports.
Junior cross country runner Trisha Frazer believes that running is only made possible through God. “It is physically I need God to run and give me the energy to do so,” says Frazer. She continues, “If you are running for yourself, you are going to get burned out. If you are running for others, the expectations will weigh too much upon you. If you run for God, you will have the strength.”
Frazer’s reliance on God, I believe, is an example of living by faith. Just as strength and energy is needed to complete a race, so it is in life through every high and low.
As junior basketball player Naanma Yamsat says, “Something either defines you or brings you down.” Yamsat believes that no matter how the season goes, “the one thing that stays constant is God always.”
It is through challenges and opposition that some of the greatest lessons in life are learned.
“Even if you don’t get the victory that day, He has a bigger plan in motion,” says sophomore cross country runner Thomas Trott.
Both Trott and Yamsat’s focus on God to see the greater good in their sport is a mindset that extends beyond the game. It is a worldview built on having a greater hope.
For freshman track runner Benjamin Tse, running is more than a sport but a way to connect with God. “Running for God’s glory to me means to have my motives for God every time… It’s not all about track but about your growth in God,” says Tse.
Tse’s desire to grow in God through running exemplifies that one of the greatest ways God reveals himself is through our passions and talents.
Sophomore soccer player Storm Glautier’s love for God is evident in both how he plays his sport and how he chooses to live. “Now, I know that I’m playing for an audience of one. It’s never about me,” and “it’s all for Him,” says Glautier.
Soccer gives Glautier the opportunity to not only serve God with the ability God has given him, but as a way to worship God. “I’m just free… and I don’t need to think about anything else. It’s like a private getaway in my own world, while I’m doing what I love and worshipping God while I do,” says Glautier.
It is through our faith and how we live that God can be revealed in us. These athletes desire to grow not only in their sport as team members, but they also desire to grow in Christ.
1 John 2:5-6, 8 (NIV)
5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.