A lot of people get very excited about sports. It’s a topic of numerous conversations. Seldom am I with a group of men where sports is not immediately part of the conversation or dominates it.
Many parents rightfully recognize the benefits of raising their children to grasp the positive principles of sports and start them playing very early in life. Lifelong friendships build as parents help each other with rides and mutually encourage their children and each other.
As a result, Money, Time, and Schedules are eagerly manipulated so that parents can be supportive of events, practice meets, or games by their presence, and the value of teamwork is fortified. Families unite in sports talk, laughs, jokes, etc., discuss sports greats, sportsmanship, teamwork, missed opportunities, and often spend countless hours watching professional sports together.
These bonding moments are excellent training and contribute to building solid friendships and good character in our young adults to help them navigate life.
Isn’t this precisely how we should prioritize, teach, and share Christ in our lives?
Shouldn’t our conversations and social media posts include glorifying and sharing the blessings of Christ and showing concern for others?
If we showed our love for God the way we show our love for sports, how would our lives change?
What would it look like if our interest in God took priority over our interest in sports?
- Would we start our children attending bible classes early in life?
- Would we prioritize our schedules to ensure committed involvement in Church activities?
- Would we prioritize teaching our children the love of Christ?
- Would we encourage their understanding and development of leadership skills?
Imagine how excellent this world would be if the same effort we put into sports were put into following and sharing the message of Christ?
We would excel at learning everything we could about our creator. Jesus would be prominent in daily conversations and taking His name in vain, absent.
Instead, we would seek to be as Christ-like as possible, making every effort to do God’s Will according to what God tells us in scripture and our time would be arranged so that we could be involved in as many good works as possible.
If the world were to embrace God the way many embrace sports, we would put our service to God above all else, and our children would take notice. Just as they will notice, if we make exceptions, making exceptions sends the message that we believe it’s ok to deprioritize God from Time to Time, and that’s never ok!
Sports may bring a lifetime of happy moments but should never take priority over God, where blessings go far beyond this lifetime and lead us to our eternal home, a glorious place without tears, pain, or woes.
- Acts 20:32
- Jude 1:25
- 2 Timothy 3:15-17
- 1 Corinthians 14:26
- Philippians 3:21
- 1 Thessalonians 5:11
- Romans 1:12
- Ephesians 4:15-16
- John 3:16-17
- John 17:3
- Matthew 6:23-24
- 1 Timothy 1:17
- 1 Corinthians 2:9
- 1 Corinthians 8:6
- Luke 15:7
- Matthew 7:21-23
- Matthew 25:46
- Philippians 3:20-21
- Revelation 21:9-12
- Revelation 12:4