Sport and an “incorruptible” crown for everyone

The four-yearly FIFA Men’s World Cup football tournament kicks off on November 20 in Qatar. The competition, in which 32 nations will take part, is a month-long event closely watched on TV by people around the world.

In Scripture, the apostle Paul, a New Testament writer, uses exercise as a metaphor. In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes, “Do you not know that all those who compete run, but one gets the prize? So run so that you may attain. And every man who strives for mastery is moderate in all things. Now they do it to get a corruptible crown; but we are incorruptible” (1 Corinthians 9:24, 25).

My Christian Science degree—combined with participating in multiple sports—has helped me discover the value of a spiritual, “incorruptible” approach to exercise. That is, participation as a way of honoring and praising our Creator, God, rather than simply seeking a “corruptible” crown such as glory or self-aggrandizement.

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