In the recent weeks, we, as Americans, have had the wonderful opportunity of watching the best athletes in the world represent their countries, while seeing our nation’s finest reach their goals and aspirations. I find myself oftentimes getting anxious when one of my favorites are competing for their win. I know the pressure must be an extraordinary thing when you are representing something that is so much bigger than yourself. I then heard the story unfolding of Ryan Lochte during this year’s Olympic games.

It appears that he had made some choices that did not line up with why he was chosen to participate. It is easy when you are chosen to forget the name on your jersey. Ryan’s jersey stated “USA,” not “Lochte.”

We oftentimes can lose sight that we are ambassadors to something bigger than ourselves.

We can make choices that, at the time, seem to only benefit our own name and our own circumstances. We are all in a very similar situation, except the name we wear is JESUS and not our own name any longer.

We can make choices that do not line up with why we are called to participate.  It is an amazing thing when we realize that we are no longer our own, and through this revelation, we now have access to Jesus and now represent him here on earth. As we are all entering our individual challenges that we are trying to win, let us remember that the entire heavens are cheering us on and we are not alone during any of it! We have an AMAZING coach with a vast heritage of success stories that we can apply to our own circumstances.


Philippians 4:13 reminds us that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. So, the next time you are feeling challenged, remember your jersey says, “JESUS,” and that is how you know victory is assured. Through discipline, obedience, and faith, we will see the expected end…

2 Corinthians 5:20  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God we making an appeal through us…



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