For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
I love this time of year: National Tournament time. It’s the biggest stage, the biggest moment for a college wrestler. Last week, I loved watching two of my home state Minnesota team, Augsburg College and St. Cloud State University, win the NCAA Division III and II team championships last weekend. And now, here you all are, at the Division I championships, the biggest tournament we have in our sport (in my opinion).
I want to say this to you: as big as the tournament is this weekend, it will not be the biggest moment of your life. It will not be the defining moment of your life. God has bigger plans for you and you are and will be capable of so much more. The person that God has created and continues to form you to be – that is what will define you. God’s call and purpose for your life – that is what will define you. Your life is so much bigger than one weekend of wrestling – although a really big and important one. God has plans for you that will be greater and more joyful than anything you’ve ever known.
So where does that place the Tournament in your life this weekend? It’s as I’ve always said – a tremendous opportunity to do something that God has given you the gifts to do. It is a moment to live into a God-given passion to enjoy and find joy in. It is a weekend and experience to savor and relish – not live in anxiety and fear from the pressure – because it is a rare opportunity that so few have experienced. And that is what I would call a blessing.
Get after it this weekend on the Big Stage. Go pursue those dreams. Just know that God has a bigger dream for you and this moment is just one of many blessings God will place in your life.
I write these devotions for the Old Dominion University Wrestling Team, which competes in NCAA Division I.