United States soccer player Clint Dempsey has represented his country well in the World Cup so far, but he gives all of the credit to Christ.
“My parents had started me in the sport to help me learn good people skills. Little did I know that the sport I loved and the skills I learned would later play a role in my relationship with God,” he said.
In an interview with Sports Spectrum, Dempsey said he went to church every Sunday as a child, but lost his faith at age 12 when his sister died suddenly of a brain aneurysm.
“For a number of years, I struggled and put distance between God and me. But He was faithful and patient and provided gradual healing and strength.”
Dempsey credits a college Bible study with leading him to a relationship with Christ.
“God’s Word brought me peace and a desire for a relationship with Him. I found that questioning Him and searching for answers through Scripture helped me grow and gave me direction. Now my faith in Christ is what gives me confidence for the future. I know that through both good times and bad, He is faithful and will watch over me.”
“Today, I pray for strength to walk the road before me. I play to the best of my abilities and am thankful for the many opportunities and amazing success He has given me. Through it all, I want to do right, not make mistakes, and live a life that is pleasing to Him.”
Publication date: June 26, 2014