It would seem in reality that players could play the same no matter what is going on in the stands; after all the game is played between the lines.
It would seem unreality that the courts/fields are the same; after all they have basically the same dimensions... Goals are the same height... Etc.
Yet don't underestimate the boost it gives players to hear fans cheering or them. Cheers are much more of a rush than jeers...
Don't underestimate the value of being rested and in comfortable, familiar surroundings.
I think that is why the church spends so much time at "home games" (inside its walls) instead in "road games." This in spite of the fact that we were commissioned to "go" on the road with the Gospel.
I get the blessing and responsibility of leading a team next week to another set of "road games" overseas. Literally we will be lacing up the kicks for games and sharing the Playbook. It should be a great time but also has potential of jeers instead of cheers being thrown our way...
Can I ask you to be our cheering section (and the cheering section for all that are truly in the game)? We need your prayers and your encouragement (verbally and still financially.) the fact is that it is much easier to play when we are being cheered on!
The Playbook is full of commands to encourage one another. It is full of prayer requests from God's "players" to have boldness and clarity as they share. We ask the same...
Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing. (1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB)
But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:13 NASB)
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:19-20 NASB)