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A USA Today writer said, “When Christian sports figures point toward the clouds, or drop to their knees in prayer, they merely express gratitude for the Lord’s grace and generosity in allowing them to perform at the peak of their abilities.” [Unquote] Giving praise to God, the One who helps us achieve, is what the Apostle Paul did. We read this in 1 Timothy chapter 1: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners’—and I am the worst of them all.” So while some people may think athletes are boasting when they point to the sky, I rather think they are giving credit to the One who deserves it, the One who helped them to achieve. We can all learn from their example.

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