The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The goal is one of the following: (1) either to recognize athletes who are using or have used their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or (2) to show how some athletes or teams are wasting or did waste their days by not giving God the glory or (3) to simply reflect on a story from the sports world from a Christian perspective.
Instead of blogging about the immaturity of Colin Kaepernick (and I am very tempted to as an avid Niners fan), I would prefer to draw your attention to another athlete who is using his talent to draw attention to something much more important – identity with Christ. I am always in favor of celebrating the good (I Cor 13:6-7) and not just spending time pointing out who is “doing it” wrong.
David Boudia, the American diver, who won gold in the 2012 Summer Games in London and bronze in the recent 2016 Summer Games in Rio, represents His Savior well on the global stage. After winning a silver medal in Men’s synchronized 10m platform alongside of Steele Johnson (a young man he is mentoring), they spoke about how much more important it is that their identity is in Christ and not as gold medalists.
Here is a short video of Boudia being interviewed by Carson Daly and Hoda Kotb on The Today Show. Listen to him talk about the exchange of worldly pleasures for the Lord Jesus Christ.
A recently released autobiography of Boudia, entitled Greater Than Gold, was reviewed by Tim Challies recently and I am very eager to read it, even though I don’t prefer to watch event where men where speedos.
Challies mentions 5 “big life lessons” from Boudia’s book:
- “Don’t live by how you feel, but by what you know to be true.”
- “Take your thoughts captive.”
- “Be process oriented, not results oriented.”
- “Put your hope in the right place.”
- “All I have is Christ.”
These 5 lessons sound a lot like what I might share with any individual in a counseling session. In fact, may I suggest Boudia sit down with Kaepernick and share those 5 things?