And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

I started playing soccer with my big brother when I was 5 years old, and have been playing ever since. Perhaps the hardest lesson for me to learn while playing competitively was how to fully submit that commitment, that could bring such joy and despair, to the Lord who gave me the passion to play. Especially while playing in college, I did a terrible job of separating my physical health from my peace in Him, and often my time with the Lord suffered when I was injured or not performing well on the field. Too many games decided my mood more than God’s truth. I often played for a greater feeling of self-worth or to please others… when the greatest motivation was simply in enjoying what the Lord gave me! Now, when I play and watch soccer I am reminded of what a precious gift my health is, what a fun blessing the sport is, and how much I have to learn in transforming the game into worship. We each have individual God-given passions and gifts, and must fight against ever worshipping that created thing rather than the Creator God. Whether you invest time and energy in your studies, work, or relationships, I pray that you can do it all FOR HIM.

In honor of the current World Cup Tournament in South Africa, my husband, Scott, and I filmed a short informational video for those of you who may find it difficult to get excited for this event of global significance.

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Soccer, and sport in general, is an international language and a critical medium for spreading the Good News. Here is one organization, connected with Athletes in Action, an organization I participated in while at Penn, that is working through the excitement of the World Cup to bring hope to South Africa: The Ultimate Goal.

If you want to test your espanish, check out the soccer ministry that I participated in while living in Buenos Aires: De La Mano Del Maestro (by the hand of the Master).

And the best gringo to ever shout a lengthy “goooooooal” would be Carl Kasell on last week’s NPR show ‘Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me’. Listen at about 7 minutes into that segment.


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