When I arrived to check-in on Friday morning, I received a flyer for a Fellowship of Christian Athletes prayer time later that evening. I knew I had to attend this to connect with other Christian athletes. I arrived expecting a hundred or so athletes, but was shocked when I walked into a room with about twenty athletes. I was disheartened by how few athletes were willing to join together for prayer. As the leaders talked, it was mentioned how so many of these athletes train 30-40 hours a week, and how this becomes there life. They talked about how once people do one, many of them continue to do more and begin to lose focus of other things in life.
Talk about how we are in everyday life. Many times we make decisions based on serving God and where He is leading us, only to quickly lose sight of why we are doing what we are doing. We quickly make these opportunities into our god, throwing ourselves into what we are doing. So many of these athletes are addicted to doing Ironman events. They seek for significance in this event, using the event as a way to have people appreciate them. Every person has a void in their hearts, a longing for something. The only difference between people is what they fill this void with. And at the Ironman, I could tell, many of these people filled this void with triathlons.
This event was a great accomplishment for me and something I can cross off my bucket list. After I finished, I did and still do have a desire to do another one. But as I sat in the FCA meeting, I heard a fellow athlete who was crying, as he shared that this was his 8th and last one, because this event had turned into an addiction for him, something that stole time from his wife, kids, and God. Anything can become an addiction. We want to do things that makes us feel significant, but we must find our significance in God!