God has given us all different talents and gifts. For some of us and for some of our children, professional sports athletes have served or currently serve as role models. Professional sports athletes have a great opportunity to not only serve as positive role models but to make an impact for Christ. Pray today for Christian professional athletes across America. Pray that they will be given boldness to reflect Christ in the culture of sports and serve as positive role models. Pray that their Christ-centered lives will lead fans and teammates to realize the love of Christ and the joy in living life for Him. Pray that the Lord will cause Christian athletes to stand firm in their faith and convictions in spite of negative media or comments by fans or others in social media. Pray for the whole of professional sports, that it will be used as a media to teach ethics, responsibility, and good values to Americans.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1 Timothy 4:8
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.