Athlete, It Starts With You

"In the same way, encourage the young men to live wisely.  And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of
your teaching."
Titus 2:6-7

I read a quote somewhere a while back that said "You may be the only Bible somebody reads." This quote stuck with me, because it makes me ask the question "Who is watching me?"

I think when it comes to our integrity, especially when in a college environment, staying true to our convictions is really hard. Making the decision not to cheat on the test when others are, is hard. When majority of your teammates are doing something that you know you don't want to do, that decision not to succumb to peer pressure is not easy. You want to fit in, and feel a part the team, especially if you are a freshman or a transfer, I get that. That's a tough position to be in.

But, how can you holding on to your integrity, even when it doesn't necessarily benefit you, show an example to someone who is watching you? Maybe someone was watching Joseph when he said no to sleeping with Potiphar's wife. How could your yes or your no cause someone to keep their integrity as well? Or cause them to ask a question about your motivation in keeping your integrity? I think there is some serious weight to this quote, for some people you will be the only Bible someone reads. If that’s so, how can we like the scripture above let everything we do reflect the integrity and seriousness of our teaching and ultimately our faith.





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