I’m in the United States’ Rugby World Cup camp right now, and though I didn’t make it on the roster for the first game of the tour, I’m traveling with Team USA to Fiji for two more games. There’s a lot of competition right now, but I’m leaning on God to get me through it. Four weeks away from home and my wife, and living in hotels, is hard, but it’s what you do in order to play for Team USA.
I recently saw a post about the verse Philippians 1:6, which says, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” The post talked about Bible characters like Gideon in Judges 6. In this chapter, God is talking to Gideon, telling him he’s going to be the one to save the Israelites from the Midianites. But Gideon is scared and doesn’t believe God. After all, his tribe was the smallest and he himself was the weakest. How could he be the one to lead his people?
As athletes, many of us can relate to Gideon. We have many moments of doubt, or maybe we get stuck on past mistakes or small troubles. There are things that go on in our team environments that rub us the wrong way or threaten to take us away from believing God’s purpose for us. But Philippians 1:6 reminds us that God’s hands are on us, continually molding us for His glorious purpose. Even in this Rugby World Cup camp, God is shaping me and molding my future. He knows what will happen and is orchestrating it to serve His perfect plan! I just need to stand strong in my faith in Him. This is a verse and a truth I plan to lean on in the coming weeks.
Sometimes I scratch my head when I experience such a perfect verse at a perfect time. This rugby season, I’m asking God to guide me and open my eyes to what Scripture passages I need to focus on. When I open my Bible and let Him lead my time, I’m amazed at the truths He brings to me.
I have a Bible study group I’m a part of on the USA team, where we talk about Scripture and what God is teaching us. This morning, after reading this verse, I shared it with them and a few of the guys felt like they also needed to hear this. One of my teammates was able to look back over the last six months and see that God has indeed been taking the tough times he’s gone through, and is using it for God’s glory. He shared with us that God really does take a good work and carry it on to completion.
God wants to use us for His good purposes, and He will see it through in His timing.
— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player
Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile: https://theincrease.com/author/nate-augspurger/
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