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How Do You Handle the Pressure to Keep Up?

Published on February 15, 2024


By Braden Beck
FCA Eastern Howard County Representative

The bright lights, the roar of the crowd, the thrill of competing on the highest stage with the greatest stakes. Every athlete’s dream, right?

Well, maybe not. Because what if you weren’t made for pressure?

It’s true that few things feel better than balling out on the big stage, but what about the time spent outside the game? Practice, at home, at school, out with friends? If we are facing pressure in all those situations, we are headed down a path of failure. We. Will. Crack. It’s only a matter of time.

Thankfully, Jesus has a greater potential for us than simply living in the pressures of life.

“’You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” –John 8:32

The truth of Jesus is found in His Word, the Bible, and by living the way we see Him living. But Jesus never played sports. He never dealt with the modern problems we deal with. You’ve heard that before, right? Jesus may never have owned a cellphone, but Jesus certainly faced pressure and showed us how we can walk through it.

Get Quiet

Find time to step away from the noise that surrounds you every day. Maybe this looks like getting up 15 minutes earlier in the morning. Or maybe you stay late after practice and just sit on the field. The act of stepping back and quieting our minds for a minute allows space for God to speak into our lives. If we’re honest, we want this neon sign telling us what to do and how to handle situations, but more often than not, God speaks in whispers rather than shouts.

“Therefore, when Jesus realized that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.” –John 6:15

Read the rest of the article to learn how Jesus offers a reset to mind, body and soul.