Louis Crayton

It was the dream of the national team of Liberia to play once in the World Cup. We came so far that not to have reached our goal was really disappointing. It would have been a dream come true if we had qualified for the World Cup. I mean knowing the situation in my country it would have been a dream not just for the national team but for the citizens of Liberia which was not accomplished but to God be the glory.

I want to be grateful to God because this was a time in my life that I was very composed and though I felt bad, there was some sort of comfort that I had especially when we lost to Ghana in the game that would have qualified us and I have so much peace in my heart and I thought, well God, all I have to do is give You thanks.

Growing up as a child in Liberia, we were always being taught the word of God. We were being taught about God, but I did not know God personally. During the war in Liberia a lot of young people of my age were dying. I was nothing special and neither had I done anything to achieve or even to be alive today. It was the grace of God in my life that saved me from so many situations when I almost died.

I just thought it was by the saving grace of God, which was on my life, who was inspiring my life to have a chance in life and so it was when I really came in contact with God, and I said, this is war, and I will serve you with all of my heart, with all of my life. Since then I have been striving by the grace of God to fulfil my vow and my promise that I made to Him.

Now I have internal peace. I have happiness. I have joy. I have everything that I need because I have Jesus. I don’t have the world but I have Jesus. I need Jesus so much because I cannot do without him. All that I am, all that I ever hope to be all comes from God. He is my strength and he is my everything.

Some people say that Christianity is not for the weak-minded. I disagree strongly. Christianity is not for the week-minded. Christianity is for humanity. We need this total peace within ourselves. I mean if we look around the world today with all we that is happening. If man could only get to know this God that we serve and obey and do that which he has asked us to do, we would not have all the problems that are happening today.

Numbers 23:19 says that God is not a man that he should lie or the son of man that should repent, having thus spoken that he will not do, has He not said it and it will not come to pass…And when I read his word and also that God honours His word above His name this makes me love God so much, because everything that God says is going to happen.

Another one in Revelation where Jesus says he opens doors and no man closes and closes doors and no man opens. When Jesus blesses you, no matter what it is, no man can take those blessings from you.

Many people think that it is impossible to be a Christian and to be a role model as a professional sportsman. I have found it very challenging and I have found it works for me because it is just all about living the life that God has called you to and playing football. The Bible says that as Christians we should let our lives so shine that men will see our good works and glorify God the Father in heaven.

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