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Major team sports often give awards to outstanding players. The National Football League honors their best athletes by naming them to an All-Pro team. Major League Baseball does the same, calling the team All-Stars. In cricket, players are selected to a “team of the year.” These sports and others also provide an individual award for the best player. In United States sports, it is usually called the MVP or Most Valuable Player award. For example, Patrick Mahomes, quarterback of the Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs, was named to the All-Pro team, as well as the MVP of the regular season and of Super Bowl LVII. (57)
Most of us understand excellence in sports. Many of us also work to improve our individual sport, whether practicing golf, getting tennis lessons or receiving coaching for pickleball. Many of us also invest in helping our children improve their athletic abilities.
Now, let’s shift our thinking to our character. 2 Peter 1:5 says, “For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge.” (NIV 1984) The word goodness can also be translated “virtue” or “excellence.” It is the All-Pro level of character. Our virtue must shine as moral excellence, just at sport All-Stars display the epitome of their game’s skills. Do you put as much effort into developing goodness as you do a sport? Have you reached all-star level in your character? Add virtue, or goodness, to your faith.
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