Athlete, Know Your Hope

"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Proverbs 13:12

Athlete, can you resonate with this proverb? Deferred means withheld until a future date. You probably experience this reality after a loss or an injury or a poor performance. The hope you expected becomes the dangling carrot you cannot seem to grasp. It can make our hearts grow sick when we continue to put our hope in something that never works out in our favor.

On the other hand, "a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Surely you have experienced the thrill and temporal joy that comes with sports success. After training and preparing, the satisfaction of achieving an athletic goal is a great feeling. It's fulfilling.

Ultimately, this proverb points to a greater reality for us. We can compare it to sports all we want. But our true longings will only be fulfilled through a relationship with Jesus. Our hearts long to be connected relationally to God. Ecclesiastes speaks to this reality when it points out that God has "put eternity in the hearts of men."

Only eternal realities will provide the lasting fulfillment that eternal beings desire. 





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