Christian Athletes Say ‘God Is Forcing Us to Rest’ in this Pandemic season

In a virtual meeting of “Huddle Up” episode of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ featuring high-profile Christian athletes like NFL tight end Benjamin Watson, NFL quarterback Luke McCown, Los Angeles Rams star receiver Brandin Cooks and St.

Louis Cardinals pitcher, Adam Wainwright.
The Athletes’ noted some main spiritual lessons that God could be teaching us during this time of lockdown. “As Christians, we are called to be the light,” said Wainwright, kicking off the 40-minute discussion. “In this time, there is a lot of negativity around. This is time that we can spend encouraging others to make us look different.”

The discussant talked about the profound positive impact of the force shut down of all activities including sport which paved way for quality time with family and God.

“This is intentional. God doesn’t do anything by accident, even all the things that you read about in Job,” McCown explained. “God either ordains or allows every circumstance or situation. He ordains it, meaning that He makes it happen. Or He allows it; He gives permission for it to happen. This is just one of those things.”

“I can’t help but think that we have gotten so busy in our lives, whether it’s just going from ballgame to ballgame or ball practice to ball practice or [taking] the kids to dance recitals and this and that and the other, that there is an element that we are missing.”

McCown stated that God is “causing everything to slow down” through the virus lockdown, and that this, in turn, is giving his family precious additional time “to pull into each other and engage with one another around the dinner table, around the board games [and] around the movie night schedule.”

While Bradin Cooks added that he has been reading few books of the Bible with his wife. “It’s been awesome from that aspect because now she knows how to challenge me in a way that she didn’t know how to challenge me before,” he explained. “I think this time has been very fortunate for that.”

Conclusively, Wainwright encouraged believers to use this opportunity to set some priorities right, “There are just so many distractions that pull us in 12,000 different ways all the time,” he said. “This is the time that if we are going to make the most of a bad situation, we could use this to really settle down and get our priorities straight.”

“We forget how important rest is and how important God makes the art of resting,” Cooks added. “I think during this time right now, we need to figure out a way to rest. I am not saying lounge around. But I am more so saying rest and what it means to rest in His word, praying and getting that reset button and being restored at a time like this.”

Meanwhile, NFL is planning to commence 2020 season as initially slated. “Our planning, our expectation, is fully directed at playing a full season starting on schedule and having a full regular season and full set of playoffs,” NFL executive vice president Jeff Pash said Tuesday, according to The Guardian. “Am I certain? I’m not certain that I’ll be here tomorrow, but I’m planning on it, and same thing, we are planning on having a full season.”

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