God and the World Cup
Date: 20 Jun 2014
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With the World Cup in full swing in Brazil here's a look at the role faith plays in the lives of some of the world's top footballers...
Extracts taken from Fussball Bibel by David Kadel, translated by Christa Pongratz-Lippitt.
I want to inspire others. That’s what God inspires me to do.
I believe that everything in life belongs to God and he has a clear plan for us.
My faith gives me the strength to keep on going out to the field and do what I do best.
My faith in God wavered when I suffered severe injuries. I would think ‘Where is he now? Why doesn’t he help me?’ But you really quite consciously have to ‘believe’ that God does things for you. Now that I had decided to believe, God, at decisive moments, gave me something back.
I know that if God is with me, that he even loves me as I am, then everything becomes much easier. It is he who gives me the strength to pull through.
I believe in God because he is the first and the last to hear, understand and cherish us. I used to mess up by lying but God put me back on track. Since then, humility and gratefulness for all the little things in life have become an all-important aspect of my life.
Inspired by God’s love I’ve learnt to pursue my dreams.
I know that God is always watching me. I’m not ashamed of my faith in Jesus.
Faith helps me to lead a good life and make as few mistakes as possible.
I could feel that through reading the Bible I got to know God better, and that he was guiding me and stopped me from making the wrong decisions.
Walking the path of life with God gives one great joy, which ultimately means that one is a winner anyway.
God is the only one who made my football success possible for me and I thank him for it with all my heart.