They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
I came here to Lipscomb four and a half years ago with big hopes and dreams of a successful career running cross country at the division one level. to run cross country and track. After a successful freshman cross country season, I wanted more. I wanted more success, more recognition, and more glory for myself. Now, four and a half years later, my eligibility is finished. I was injured for 75% of my career and received no more personal accolades after that first freshman season. My team went on to win 4 Atlantic Sun championships without me. All glory to Him. And although my running career was not at all what I wanted or expected it to be, the Lord revealed to me that it was exactly what I needed. It is my belief in the truth of God’s sovereignty that I can honestly say, the Lord gave me more. He gave me more of Himself, more of His provision, more of His purpose, and NONE of my own glory – praise Him for knowing me better than I know myself.
During my time here, He has given me so much more. I am not my own. He has provided me with a community that resembles the community described in Acts 2. He has realigned the desires of my heart with His. The people He has provided have reminded me that I have a Hope that will never fade. He has allowed me to still be a part of a team that is completely focused on Him and I’ve gotten to see Him work in some pretty awesome ways in my teammates’ lives. His provisions are unfailing and uninterested in my own selfish desires.
In the past few years, we have been together and we have had everything in common. And by everything, I mean nothing that you would think. Yes, we are all athletes. Yes, we are all at Lipscomb. However, we are from all over the country: Tennessee, Washington, Texas, Hawaii, California, and many other states and even countries. We have completely different home lives. We have different interests, different personalities, different backgrounds, different opinions, and completely different perspectives about the world. But we have Christ. And that is everything. We are all together and we have everything in common.
Coaches have opened up their homes with the intentions of pouring into us as people and as Christians. We have broken bread with glad and sincere hearts. We have praised God from the bottom of our hearts in a freezing cold cave at the FCA retreat and in a dimly lit Allen Arena and around bonfires in the middle of campus.
Let me tell you, it’s not always beautiful, perfect, or even fun. We are carrying each other into the presence of Jesus. We are dragging each other back into God’s good and perfect will for us and away from Satan’s schemes. We are limping along in faith through struggles. And most importantly, we are walking each other HOME.
“I must keep alive in myself the desire for my true country; which I shall not find til after death; I must never let it get snowed under or turned aside; I must make it the main object of life to press on to that country and to help others to do the same.” -C.S. Lewis
Alex Newby, G.A. Lipscomb Athletics Spiritual Formations