S A C R I F I C E S
What attitudes are most respected and appreciated by your coaches and team leaders? We’d probably list qualities like a strong work ethic, loyalty, teamwork, a willingness to sacrifice and more. What do you suppose would be the attitude most respected by God?
The writer of Psalm 51 answers that question very directly in verses 16 and 17, “You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.”
The writer has found that God’s not really impressed with the normal religious sacrifices. Rather, God is very impressed with two primary attitudes. A broken spirit and a contrite heart are of great value to Him.
Those attitudes would serve us well in our pursuit of excellence in sport. A broken spirit is the very opposite of the arrogance so often seen in highly achieving people of sport. A contrite heart is essential to maintaining good teamwork. When one admits his failures or claims the fault for an error to his teammates, he’s exhibiting a contrite heart.
As you compete today, maintain a broken spirit and your attitude will win the hearts of your teammates. Compete with a contrite heart and you’ll build loyalty and commitment in everyone.
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