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Lauren Davis, WTA Tennis

by carmine on August 7, 2014

Spotlight Athlete Archive

UA: When did you start walking with the Lord, and what has your walk been like?

Lauren_DavisI started walking with The Lord about 2 and a half years ago when I was 18. After I gave my life to Christ, I went through one of the hardest times in my life and through it all, I became much closer to God. He was my solid rock and my firm foundation and the only One who truly could understand what I was going through. He was patient with me and He held my hand and loved me through it all. When I saw no end to my suffering, He encouraged me by giving me a vision of what I could be.

UA: What does it mean to you to glorify the Lord both on and off the court?

I try my best to glorify God when I am on the court and outside tennis as well. I try to be a great example for others and try to glorify God on the court by having a good, positive attitude. I am humble when I win and I am gracious when I lose. I always try and respect my opponent and the umpire and all the other people involved in the match. When I am successful I remind myself that this is all from God and that every good and perfect gift comes from above. I thank God in the press and in interviews. When I lose, I show my resiliency and my belief that tennis and sport all not all there is and that tennis is just an incredible platform that God has blessed me with. Off the court, I am very loving towards others and I am only able to do this because Christ loved me first. I always try to put others before myself and show humility in all I do. I encourage others and wish the best for them. I am happy for others in their success and try and help them and support them during tough times. I am not perfect at all in doing these things, but I am improving every day.

Lauren+Davis+Hobart+International+Day+4+AqUpbfXDjswlUA: What is your favorite verse, and how does it help you live each day?

One of my favorite bible verses is matthew 19:26, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” I love this verse because it reminds me that no matter what I am facing, God is able. There is nothing He cannot do. If I lean on, trust, and surrender to Him, He can work amazing things in and through me and I have experienced it first hand! I am smaller than most of the other players so this verse really just speaks great depths to me because what others may think is a disadvantage I see it as an advantage because God has made me this way for a very special reason and purpose.

UA: Romans 1:16 says, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.” How can you take that verse into your athletic career?

admin-0004025Romans 1:16 really encourages me and reminds me that the Good News is the greatest news anyone will ever hear in their lifetime. I take pride and honor in following Jesus and I believe it’s the greatest privilege we can have. This news has the power to save and God wants everyone to be saved and to spend the rest of eternity with Him. I try and live a holy and righteous life and strive to be more like Jesus every day. Living the life that God wants us to live is a lot different that how the world expects you to live and people may look at you differently and treat you differently or make fun of you. But instead of being afraid of being different and standing out, I try and use it as a great opportunity to show others Christ in me and the reason why I live this way. I am unashamed to represent the kingdom of God.

UA: How important is it to have other players on tour or training partners that you can fellowship with throughout the season?

To have other people and players to fellowship with on tour is so important. The long weeks on the road can get so tiring and lonely and to have other believers there encouraging each other and just talking with each other is really important. I’ve experienced myself going months without having fellowship with another person and my soul just felt like it ran completely dry. I was a lot more vulnerable to spiritual attacks and I felt I wasn’t growing in my faith. And when I did finally have fellowship with someone, I was filled with so much joy. I was refreshed and My soul was rejoicing. It’s like the verse that says “Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.” John 7:38

Lauren+Davis+General+Views+Wimbledon+Opening+dlmfnRa6lAElUA: What advice would you give to other athletes who are afraid to share their faith with others?

The advice I would give to other athletes who are Afraid to share their faith with others is just to remind them that Christ died on the cross to save us all out of pure love. He is the creator of the universe and He is so great and so mighty but yet he chooses to love us and care for us. Who are we that He should do this? That is truly amazing. God loves us so much and He will surely give you the courage and boldness to step out of your comfort zone to share your faith with others. All you have to do is ask.

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