Athlete, Get Some Real Friends

"Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."

Athlete, when it comes to keeping our integrity especially with all the temptations that are presented in a college environment, we can't do it alone. One thing I've learned when I was in school is that when I am in solid community, my chances of doing something I'm not supposed to decreases. Why? Because I know that I have my brothers holding me accountable for the decisions that I am making.

I have a close friend, who because of his job travels a lot.  Each time he is on the road, away from his wife and kids, he asks me to check in with him late at night and also in the morning. He knows that while being on the road away from his family, the temptation to look at something on the internet, that he knows won't be good for him, can arise in his mind. Because of that, one way I help him keep his integrity with his family is by us checking in with each other.

Athlete, do you have any friends that check in you? Do you have a friend that isn't afraid to tell you when you aren't making the best decisions, or straying off the path God wants us on? God wants us to be in real, authentic, community with each other, because he knows when we are left alone the chances of us compromising our integrity increases. The book of Peter talks about how the devil is like a lion on the prowl, looking for someone to devour. How can you, with help from a brother or sister, stand firm against the temptations of this world?

Action Step: Talk to a safe friend or teammate and ask that person if they would be willing to be your accountability partner, so that you guys together, can lean on each other when temptation comes.

"Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10





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