What Is the ‘Ultimate Standard’ for Demario Davis?
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Features New Video with New Orleans Linebacker: ‘No Matter if I Meet Man’s Expectations Here on Earth, I’m No Longer Short of the Glory of God Because I Have Christ Who Resides Inside Me’
April 20, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Millions of coaches and athletes find their identity on the playing field. But now, with those fields closed and the lights dark, where is their identity found?
They once measured themselves by the sports standard. But now, asks the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, www.fca.org), what is the ultimate standard?
FCA, as it continues to reach coaches and athletes worldwide, even as seasons are cancelled and games put on hold, is working to help competitors realize their identity was never in sports—but in something greater.
In a new initiative called #FCAVirtual, the international sports ministry is offering online resources and telling inspiriting stories to keep coaches, athletes and teams connected. One of these features is a powerful video with New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis, who talks about his ultimate standard.
“It’s truly a light switch that happens,” Davis says in the FCA video. “I try to live a life that resembles the Lamb, that resembles grace, that resembles love and resembles peace and resembles kindness. That’s what you see off the field, but on the field is the switch where God is also the Lion. He’s passionate about His laws and passionate about His truth. He’s righteous. He’s a judge. He has wrath. I feel like on that field, the best way that I can glorify Him is to be a symbol of that, and so that’s what you see—that passion and fire that comes out. It’s almost like I’m trying to paint (a) representation of the wrath of God on the field. Although you can see me around the world and serving people and showing the love of Christ, on the field, it’s that righteous judge side.”
Any athlete, Davis added, wants to meet the expectations of parents, coaches and fans. And while those expectations can be very high, a healthy fear of expectations can truly drive competitors.
“I think one of the things that helps the most is having higher expectations of yourself than anyone around you,” Davis continued. “If you don’t meet those expectations, you kind of let yourself down first, versus the pressure from other people. But also understanding that in the grand scheme of life that we don’t measure up. There’s one standard and it’s perfection and it’s Christ and Christ is the only one. And coming into a relationship with Christ, now I meet the expectation of God, and that helps me in my sport because I’m confident, and I know that Jesus is the perfect standard. So no matter if I meet man’s expectations here on earth, while I fall short, I’m no longer short of the glory of God because I have Christ who resides inside me. And that gives me confidence and that gives me freedom to go and play on the field.”
FCA has also posted a new article called, “The Ultimate Standard,” which asks the important question: “As competitors, what do we do when we have nothing to outwardly show for our efforts?”
“We must pay attention to what keeps us in the competitive mindset while also recognizing healthy ways of fueling our minds and spirits in this season of uncertainty,” FCA shares. “Our coaches may keep in contact, giving us plenty of home workouts to stay in shape. Our teammates may still want to strategize for when the team can come together again or talk through uncertain times. Our parents have standards of how we will act and the chores we’ll do while keeping up on studies and athletic training.
“There are still plenty of places and people we look towards to see how we measure up, but where should we really be focusing our attention? Or, more to the point, who should we be focusing on?”
FCA Virtual is a space to gather ideas about how to engage teams and Huddles in online spiritual growth and to look for ways to serve and connect in this time of limited social interaction. FCA hopes coaches and athletes will be encouraged by what God is doing around the world through the virtual avenue. FCA Virtual will also help coaches, athletes and teams to keep up with evolving ministry and training events in the field, as they unify leaders around a common rallying cry during a time of increased isolation.
Likewise, FCA is also hosting new “Huddle Up!” YouTube events each Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. ET. These global sports gatherings feature nationally known sports standouts who talk about their faith with viewers. Past featured coaches and athletes have included Matt Hasselbeck, Zach and Julie Ertz, Carson Wentz, Gigi Marvin, Rick Barnes and more. Learn more at YouTube.com/fcavideo.
Read more about the Fellowship of Christian Athletes here, visit FCA’s website www.fca.org, or connect on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
To interview a Fellowship of Christian Athletes representative, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.