Story

Taylen Wallis

FSI gave me practical and useful tools to cope with my anger. Two important tools I use are focal points, reminding me that I am playing for the glory of Jesus, and any time I step on the court I remember that I am representing Jesus. 

 

Why did you attend the program?

I attended Faith and Sport Institute (FSI): Running the Race Well after being invited earlier in the year. I knew nothing about it before applying to attend.

 

How was your experience during FSI?

I enjoyed every minute of FSI. It pushed me farther than I ever thought that I could be pushed. I grew so much in my faith and pursuit of Jesus. It felt like such a privilege and a blessing to be invited to such a spectacular and top-notch program.

 

What were some of the changes you noticed in yourself during this experience?

I felt free and full of peace after leaving FSI—like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. All of the pressure that I used to put on myself, specifically in sports, just didn’t seem to matter as much anymore. I know that Christ has called me to so much more than just sports, but it is also powerful and he uses sports for his glory. 

I grew in love as well. Sports used to make me angry if I wasn’t perfect at something or if someone like an opponent or teammate upset me. FSI gave me practical and useful tools to cope with my anger. Two important tools I use are focal points, reminding me that I am playing for the glory of Jesus, and any time I step on the court I remember that I am representing Jesus. 

 

What did you learn about yourself, the world or ministry?

I learned that it is okay to be passionate about things, even to the fullest extent sometimes known as “extra” because the Lord gives us passions and talents. The difference is that those are meant to be used all for his glory and not for our own gain. 

I also learned about what the “world” has trained us to think about ourselves and others in the sports world: things like you have to view others as enemies or negative self-talk. For ministry, it is less in our words and more in our actions.

 

Do you feel better equipped for the future after attending?

One hundred percent—especially with the specific tools they gave us that will last a lifetime. It is definitely not something that I will ever grow out of. 

 

What was the best thing FSI?

The friendships and mentorships created were my favorite part. I still keep up with them today! It’s great to have people like that in your corner who are always there and rooting for you!

 

How have you engaged in ministry since the program or how do you plan to be engaged in ministry in the future? 

I feel like I am more intentional. I served as a camp counselor this summer and reflecting back on my time at FSI, I used so much of what I learned and brought it with me to camp.

 

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to attend?

Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. FSI is meant to push you to your limits: spiritually, mentally and physically. Get ready for a week you will hold dear to your heart for the rest of your life. If you are on the fence about attending, take a chance!

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