Devotional

G-LOC - Part 2

Ready Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning. - James 1:17
Set 

In my previous devotion (“G-LOC”) I introduced a concept called C-LOC, or Cultural (induced) Loss of Consciousness. When we become too enamored with today’s cultural definition of success and personal fulfillment instead of being focused on God’s true desire for our life, we fall asleep to God’s greater calling.

C-LOC is a very strong competitor for our souls, so as Christian athletes and coaches, it’s imperative that we have a game plan to deal with it and know how to best counter the C-LOC influence among our teammates. The key is a simple 2-pronged approach: early recognition followed by proven prevention strategies.


In “G-LOC” I asked several questions that would help you reflect on how much or how little C-LOC has crept into your life. Pastor Andy Stanley addresses decision-making as it relates to C-LOC in a series called “Your Move.” He suggests asking the following four questions as a strategy to deal with C-LOC:


1. Am I being honest with myself—really? By nature, when faced with tough decisions, we are extremely good at selling ourselves exactly what we want. Many of our regrets stem from our ability to sell ourselves on bad ideas. So, when examining C-LOC’s hold on you, ask yourself questions, and put the word “really” at the end.
 

2. What story do I want to tell? Every decision you make becomes part of your story. Which outcome do you want to be part of your life story?


3. Is there a tension that deserves my attention? Pause and reflect. What about a situation or decision is bothering you? 


4. What would be most honoring to God? You were created in the likeness of God Almighty to bring Him honor and glory. Your ability to achieve great things (potential/talent/opportunity) comes from God. It is appropriate to graciously accept credit for your achievements and then look for opportunities to pass the honor and glory to God. Athletes who hoard glory are not more glorious. Truth be told, the more someone clings to honor and glory, the less each is associated with them. 
 

Two additional strategies that will solidify you ability to defeat C-LOC:
1. Get a true accountability partner—really!
2. Memorize Scripture and FCA’s Competitor’s Creed.


Let your story be that of a vibrant competitor for Christ, never allowing C-LOC to affect your decision-making or your character.

Go 

1. Do you reflect and pass all glory to God, or do you receive and hoard it?
2. What small steps can you take today to make better decisions with fewer regrets?

Workout 
  • Matthew 5:14-16
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20


 

Bible Reference: 
James 1:17
Matthew 5:14-16
1 Corinthians 6:19-20