“[Christ] makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.” — Ephesians 4:16
Depending on the sport and area of physical growth desired, there are a lot of different ways to train. Check out some of these ways athletes might improve their body in order to help them become better competitors:
- For speed: resistance bands, sled pulls and pushes, and jump rope.
- For strength: weightlifting, hill sprints, and pull-ups.
- For endurance: Cardio, push-ups, and planks.
- For agility: Cones, hurdles, and ladders.
Have you ever used any of these training tactics? With that in mind, get into groups of two or three and answer the following questions:
- What is something you do that helps you get better as an athlete?
- Who is someone that has helped you get better as an athlete?
Let’s take some time to share your answers with everyone.
There are lots of ways you can get better at your sport. You can study the game. You can watch talented athletes and teams compete. You can train. You can practice. You can get advice from your coach and help from your teammates.
Becoming a better athlete has many rewards, but it’s even more important to learn how to become more like Jesus! How does that sound to you?
When that starts to happen in your life, you will be excited to see that you are growing!
2 Peter 3:18a says, “You must grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
So how do you grow in every way? Here are three important ways:
- You can spend time talking to God through prayer.
James 4:8a says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
- You can learn more about Him by reading the Bible.
Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”
- You can grow together with other Christians at church and in Huddles like this one.
Matthew 18:20 says, “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
As you do these things, you will become stronger in all areas of your life and others will notice your growth!
Let’s get back into our groups and come up with some ideas together on how to grow!
- Which one of these ways do you need to grow in?
- How do you plan to put those things into action in your life?
- How do you hope doing those things will help you become more like Jesus?
Let’s close our Huddle Time in prayer:
“Dear God, thank You for giving me the Bible so I can learn more about You. Thank You for letting me talk to You and listen to You. And thank You for other Christians that can help me grow in my relationship with You. Amen.”