Professional athletes get paid piles of money to play games we played for free as kids. However, some of the highest paid pro athletes would give it all to win a ring. Eventually it is about winning championships—not about accumulating money or statistics—and many pros understand this all too well. Think of some of the greatest to play their games, who never won a title: Dan Marino, Ken Griffey, Jr., and Karl Malone. They wanted to be champions, but never were able to achieve that.
What is a champion? Ironically, the only time that word appears in the Bible it is describing Goliath of Gath—the champion of the Philistines (1 Sam. 17:4,17,51). Yet, the greatest military champion of his generation was defeated by a shepherd boy with a sling. How? What did David have that enabled him to best the Philistine champion? I would suggest four things—and they combine together to make the heart of a champion.
Courage (Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”- 1 Sam.17:26)
Passion (And David said, “What have I done now? Is there not a cause?” – 1 Sam.17:29)
Willingness (Then David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” – 1 Sam 17:32)
Trust (Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” – 1 Sam.17:37)
If we are to learn how to live victoriously, the characteristics that marked young David’s heart must mark ours as well. Only then will we truly have the heart of a champion. Join us tomorrow on Sports Spectrum radio as we take a further look at the heart of a champion.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain