Who do you live your life to please? Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Pittsburgh Penguin Matt Cullen has achieved the highest success for a professional hockey player in the 2015-2016 season, winning the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. For Matt, it was the second time being part of a championship team, having also won the cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
You might think that a star athlete like Matt, who has played two decades at the highest level of hockey excellence, would claim credit for his own success and storied career. But the reality is just the reverse. “I know that I play for an audience of one,” Matt says, giving God the glory for his great professional career. “I have found that the more I trust God and the less I rely on my own plans, the more things work out.”
As King David said to explain his joyous dance before the Lord when the people of God returned the Ark to Jerusalem, “I was dancing before the LORD who chose me over [King Saul] and his whole family to appoint me ruler over the LORD's people Israel. I will celebrate before the LORD,” 2 Samuel 6:21
His dedication to hard work, perseverance, and striving to honor God has anchored Matt through an NHL career with eight different teams beginning with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in 1997. Since then there have been many teams, and many moves for Matt and his family. Through it all, Matt remains committed to the Lord first, and then his family, keeping athletics in perspective.