Throughout the week, I get Google Alerts sent to my work email. Everyday, Google scours the internet and looks for any piece of content with the words “Fellowship of Christian Athletes”. Then, they send me an email with links to all the content.
This week I got a link to a blog. It was a bitter blog. A sophomore in college denouncing her faith and sharing the long, broken journey of hypocritical Christians that have jaded her perception on God and His son, Jesus Christ.
The only mention of FCA in her blog was to tell that at one time she had attended FCA at her high school. She reflected on that brief time and said it had done little to change her beliefs. It did however confirm her take on stereotypes.
I closed this blog only to come back to it later this week. It caused me to look at my own faith and all that I have, all that FCA has been given. Yesterday, we found out that FCA has grown tremendously this year, over 18% staff growth. Our field staff is better funded then any time in our 52+ year history. We’re beginning ground-breaking projects in September that were a result of $10 million given by generous donors.
I’m doing what I love to do on a daily basis and getting paid for it. I have a great house, a beautiful Godly wife, money in the bank, food in the fridge and the ability to physically get out of bed each morning.
The overwhelming phrase that came to me this morning, as I read His Word was “because we’re not good enough.” I nor the entire staff at FCA is talented enough to explain the growth and success of our ministry. It baffles the mind. Through market woes, through Katrina, through struggling foreign affairs, we continue to prosper. Sure, I work with and know some of the most Godly, talented, passionate men and women. But alone, we couldn’t do it. God is at work, alongside us, to bring about His plan.
This morning…”Therefore my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58