Playing Hurt

Christian_faith_124Yesterday’s NFL action was inspirational. I watched the Chargers give the Patriots all they had…despite the fact that many of their guys were playing hurt. The Giants have been absolutely amazing this post-season as well. To win 3 games on the road in Tampa, Dallas, And Green Bay (in subzero temperatures) says a lot about your guts.

This is the time of the year, every player is dinged a bit. They have aches and pains, ligaments that are stretched, bones that are sore, and they probably ache everywhere pretty much all of the time. It’s then that they are asked to play their best football.

Ministry is often the same…except that playing hurt doesn’t mean playing through physical ailments (though it can)…but more through emotional or spiritual pain. Many of my senior brothers in ministry are experts at it…that’s what makes them so amazing to me. Many of them have ministered through unbelievable personal or congregational pain and thus set an example for young turks like myself. Their role model was Jesus.

Hebrews 12:3 reads, "Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted."

It’s true…much of the Christian life is lived through some sort of less-than-optimal state of being. We are to play anyway. If you are in pain today…emotional, spiritual, or physical…consider him.

Consider Him…

Consider Him…

Consider Him…

And you will not grow weary or lose heart.

Dr. Tim Spivey is Pastor of New Vintage Church in Escondido, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on numerous websites, including:, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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