Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursdays Athletic Devotion


Roger D. Lipe


“And let us be concerned about one another in order to promote love and good works,” – Hebrews 10:24


What is it that best motivates you to compete at your highest level? Some athletes are motivated by the challenge or thrill of winning. Others are provoked to excellence by the fear of losing. We’re certainly not all wired the same. But we can use Hebrews 10:24 to remind us of those differences and how we can use them to our team’s advantage during competition:

Let us be concerned about one another… This implies that serious thought should be given to each member of the team. Where motivation is concerned, one size does not fit all. Let’s give a real effort in understanding each teammate.

In order to promote… What promotes a great performance in you may not affect me at all or vice versa. One teammate may require a pat on the back while another may be better motivated by a kick in the pants. We must consider what will stir up each person most effectively.

Love and good works. We all know plenty of people who get stirred up and it’s not always toward love and good works. The idea is not to simply stir them up, but to motivate them toward success for the team. Let’s be consciously aware of the things that help each one perform at his or her highest level.

As you compete, give careful attention to the motivational keys in each of your teammates. Find a way to press that button that stirs up the best performance possible in each one.


  1. What motivates you for competition?
  2. What stimulates you to love people more?
  3. What provokes good works in your life?


Titus 2:6-8
James 3:13
I Peter 2:12


Father, please enable me to see how I may encourage my teammates to be their best today. Help me provoke them to love and good works in honor of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

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