You like parkour and your a christian? That's Great! This site focuses on both, and these devotion tell how and why. So enjoy doing what you love best to the glory of God.
Note: To keep newer devotionals on top i will be moving the older devotionals into the forum page.
Devotion 6: Sport is Good
Verse to focus on: 1 Timothy 4:4 "For everything God created is good and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving."
Verse to focus on: 1 Timothy 6:17 "God provides everything richly for our enjoyment."
First: Thank God for Parkour. If we believe that sport – our ability to play and enjoy it - is part of God’s creation then it is not only right but our duty to thank God for it, and to thank him often. Why? Because even sports can become an idol. Now when i say idol i'm not talking about some statue that you bow down to everyday, i'm just saying that sports, or a sport, can easily become a priority in your life before God and without a constant reminder of the creator who gave you the abilities to do those things, we often forget God completely in our "sporting life" and worship the gift rather than the giver.
Second: Parkour is provided for our enjoyment. I think as we get older we tend to lose the meaning of playing sports. When we are kids we played sports because they're fun and enjoyable but somewhere down the road we tend to make sports appear bigger then they actually are. We commercialize it and have all the wrong motives for participating. We get this mindset that we have to be the best to get the best. But we lose the meaning of why we even joined in the first place- TO HAVE FUN! Yes it is good to train and challenge yourself, but if your having no fun at all, i'd say stop, you're wasting your time.
Being thankful and having fun with whatever it is that you're doing go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. They are affiliated and inseparable. My Challenge for you this week is to have fun and thank God everyday for giving you the talents you have.
Quote: “Without philosophy, action has no meaning.”- Sebastian Foucan
Devotion 7: Train YourselfTrain yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come 1 Timothy 4:6-7
Perhaps no verse has been more misused in the history of sports ministry than 1 Timothy 4:7, especially in the KJV wording “exercise profiteth little”, which has been seen as a proof-text against sport!
Look at the context. As in all the other “athletic metaphors” of the Pauline letters, he is not writing about sport. In 2 Timothy 2 where Paul compares the Christian to a soldier an athlete and a hard-working farmer, he is no more trying to write a theology of sport than a theology of farming!
Whether you have a fit body or an unfit one is not of great significance in the light of eternity – although if you have an unfit body you may experience the afterlife quicker than if you keep yourself fit! All earthly pursuits – sport, work, travel, gardening etc are of limited value but this does not mean that they are wrong.
You may have heard the proverb, “Only one life and it will soon be past and only what is done for Jesus will last”. This saying is true but often misunderstood. Neither 1 Timothy 4:7, rightly understood, nor this saying would have us spend all our lives singing hymns in church.
Our lives are rather to be lived in an attitude of developing godliness and doing everything we do for Jesus. That includes singing hymns but it also includes doing our daily work and our relationships with people. And why should it exclude sport.
Sport is a gift from God and is the arena in which we serve God. It is of course not all-important but it is no less legitimate than any other human activity.
Paul’s main point in this passage is godliness. Note that we have to train ourselves in it. Godliness will not just happen. No it requires an effort on our part to make it a priority
Quote: "Its not about can I or can't I, its about will I or won't I" -unknown
Devotion 8: Christian Experience
Verse to focus on: 2 Corinthians 6:8-10 "through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything."
In these verses Paul expresses nine experiences in paired phrases. Some of them are hard to understand yet others have clear application to life and sport. I'll go through them quickly to give you a basic understanding what Paul is trying to say in this passage.
The first two paired phrases which say "through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report" kind of have the same meaning. Looking at it from a sport view its gives the impression that all athletes have their ups and downs. Whether it be injury, and mental block, winning a race, losing a race, etc, all athletes, christian or non-christian feel these things.
But the next two phrases are a bit different when they say " genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown.". This can be applied really anywhere in life where you just feel like you don't fit in. Your're there, you're good, but you feel out of place. As Christians we must get used to this. Why? Because when we got saved by Jesus Christ; the world was/is not our home anymore. Our home is being prepared in heaven just as Jesus promised.
On to the next two which say "dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed" can be hard to understand because today in America people aren't killed for doing things in the name of God, but sometimes it can feel that way. That is why it is important to give encouragement to all that you can because everyone at one point in their life has felt beaten.
"Sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" I think is felt by everyone. Everyone tries to hide their pain. But the difference between a christian and a non-christian is that a non-christian may try to hide their sorrow by faking joy but Christians should have nothing to hide. Instead rejoicing is a reaction to our sorrow. its may seem strange but think about it. We are saved through grace and we have God on our side. We should have nothing to hide and be rejoicing that God still loves us even through we have pain from the sins we do.
" poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything." The best way i can explain this is through my friends experiences going to Africa. He says " Many times as I have traveled through Africa, I have been humbled by the generosity of people who have nothing but who insist on giving me gifts. They may be poor but I am richer for knowing them." Poor need not be taken just in terms of money. Many people endure real hardship with such a gracious spirit that they bless others. which brings us to then next part of the phrase: “having nothing, and yet possessing everything” speaks to us about real riches. So many people have so much of this world’s wealth but lack happiness. Here Paul is saying that even when we own nothing on earth we still have all the riches God provides for us. Many riches are in heaven waiting for us, but God gives so many things on Earth that even the richest person cannot buy. Things like Love, Joy, true happiness, healthy relationships, rainbows, sunsets, the list goes on.
This is the Life experience. we all go through these things. But what makes it the Christian experience? Our reaction to it. We are to reflect Jesus through our actions. Are we weighed down by the difficulties or are we rejoicing?
Quote: "Whether you think you can, or think you can't- either way, you're right" - Henry Ford.