As the USA soccer team moves to the spotlight in playing for the Women’s World Cup, one player testifies that putting Jesus at the center gives freedom to accept whatever outcome of a game, whether loss or victory.
The USA will play China on Friday in the soccer quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup. The USA advanced from the round of 16 on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Columbia. Meanwhile, for one player on the U.S. squad, it's an opportunity to share faith in the good times as well as the bad.
Midfielder Lauren Holiday has played every minute of her team's first four matches of the World Cup. But she won't play in the next game against China because in the win over Columbia she received her second yellow card of the tournament, disqualifying her for one game. That is certainly a disappointment for her, but in a recent interview with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Holiday said she keeps everything in perspective.
"Success is being the best soccer player I can, but the wonderful, wonderful thing about loving Jesus is it's not about me and the spotlight isn't on me anymore,” she says. “I get to play with freedom."
The soccer star says she no longer has to worry about winning or losing because of how Christ sees her.
"When I walk away, my identity is still the same,” she says. “I'm still a follower of Jesus Christ - and in a loss or in success, I can still be humble and give Him the glory."