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Do The Little Things Really Matter?

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“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'” (Luke 2:8-14, NIV)

As Christmas approaches, I too want to praise God like the angels in the Gospel of Luke. However, I want to be praising all the time, not just on special occasions. As a Christian, my faith is an important part of my life, and I strive to show it in what I do and say. God gifts each person in unique ways, and this gifting is often the best way to serve Him.

As a student athlete, I sometimes wonder how I can use my athletic abilities to honor God.

However, as a student athlete, I sometimes wonder how I can use my athletic abilities to honor God. For instance, I understand that I can show good sportsmanship to both my teammates and opponents. I know that encouragement and a positive attitude foster personal skill improvement and aid chemistry. But do these actions make a difference?

I was discouraged because my small efforts to honor God were not big, important tasks. Nevertheless, these actions were still important. They did make a difference to my teammates. Towards the middle of the semester, one of my teammates wrote me a note to continue doing these small things in practice. “Thank you for encouraging others,” she wrote. “Keep being a light!” In other words, my actions reflected my relationship with God and how I wanted to portray Him. They did make a difference for my teammates.

It is easier to be inspired to act better during the Christmas season. The challenge is to continue such behavior all throughout the year, even when no one is watching. I hope that I can continue doing the little things both on and off the court to be a light to my team and share God's love with them.