When you read that word many of you may think of your favorite sports team or maybe that summer or school league you played in. But today I have been reminded of another meaning of the word.
Oxford Dictionaries defines the second type of champion as "a person vigorously supports or defends a person or cause".
This week has been hard. The work is piling up, I've had a few disappointments, I was stressed about thing and I was feeling pretty down.
But rather than keep that all inside - which I've been known to do in the past - I shared it with close friends and family.
They encouraged me. They hurt for me. They made me feel valued. They made me laugh. They helped me cry. They prayed for me. They brought me brought me to the throne of the King of the world.
They were - and are - my champions. They are my support and they are always read to jump to my defense.
And they remind me of Jonathan.
In the book of Samuel, we find out that David - the future king of Israel - had a best friend named Jonathan. Jonathan's dad Saul was king, but God had decided that David was His chosen king. So Saul was on the warpath against David, trying to kill him. However, Jonathan recognized God's choice.
Jonathan said to David, "Whatever you want me to do, I'll do for you." - 1 Samuel 20:4Jonathan could have claimed his place as the next king of Israel; he could have sided with his father. He could have stayed out of what was sure to become a messy situation. Instead, he chose to be David's champion.
Often we read the story of David killing Goliath and think about how amazing David was! He had it all together, right? Not really. God gave David a champion friendship because we are not meant to do this life alone. David hit some pretty big lows during this point of this life: he lived on the run, in caves, constantly in fear for his life. But he had a champion.
Today, I am reminded that I, like David, was not meant to do life alone. Because of that, I praise God from the bottom of my heart for those He has put in my life as champions.