Thursday, 22 January 2015

Christian NHL All-Star Team

This weekend, hockey fans will turn their eyes to Columbus, Ohio for the 2015 All-Star festivities. The NHL’s most talented players will come together for a fun weekend that lets fans see a different side to some of their favorite players.

As I looked over the All-Star selections, I noticed that no professed Christians had been named to the roster. A Canadian hockey hero once said hockey is the sport least influenced by Christianity, but there still are some great Christian players in the NHL for us to all watch. Some have made it to the All-Star game in the past, and you can be sure we’ll see some there next season.

In light of all of this, I decided to make a Christian All-Star team!

Eric Staal, Jordan Staal, Mike Fisher, Matt Cullen, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan, Eric Fehr, David Booth, Mike Rupp, Matt Kassian, Corban Knight, Rocco Grimaldi

Marc Staal, Dan Hamhuis, Paul Postma, Noah Welch, Jacob Slavin, Sam Jardine

Cam Ward, James Reimer, Peter Budaj

Coach- Ryan Walter

There’s a quick look at some of the top Christians I’m aware of in hockey.

For Christians, it should never be about accolades and recognition from others. 1 Timothy 6:7 says; “For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can't carry anything out.”

That’s just a humble reminder that everything we do should be for Christ’s glory. There’s nothing wrong with making an All-Star team, and there’s nothing wrong with working hard and leading your team into the playoffs or to a championship, but we need to make sure results and recognition from others is not our focus.

I know this is a hockey blog, but Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks was a great example of this when he led his team back against the Green Bay Packers last weekend in thrilling fashion. The comments from some of his teammates show how highly they think of him and how well he conducted himself in the midst of struggles. It was a tough start for Russell, but at the end of the day, he made some big plays, and gave God the glory.

Let's finish with 1 Corinthians 10:31

“Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

Thursday, 15 January 2015

James Reimer Persevering

It’s been a difficult season for James Reimer. Despite a good first month of the season, he was given a limited amount of starts, and didn't appear to get the shot to be the number one goalie he was promised . He has lost his last 4 starts, and has a 0.875 save percentage over that span. Times have been tough for Reimer, but don’t expect that to keep him down.

As a believer in Jesus Christ, Reimer has all he needs to get through this difficult time.

Jesus didn't tell us that our lives would be easy, but He provides for us in the midst of our trials, tribulations, and temptations.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus says;  “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus will help you with any trouble you’re facing in your life. Make sure you are running towards Jesus and not from Him.

You’re not alone in your struggles. Rely on Christ, and look forward to the testimony you will have when you come out from this situation.

The Maple Leafs are in San Jose today. Maybe we’ll all get a chance to see Reimer come out of this difficult time; stronger than he was before.