For The Love Of The Game
So fall comes along and I can get a healthy dose of games. There's the Braves in a heated battle to win their division. There's the Alabama football team defending their national championship. It's exciting, it's fun and it's time set aside to be with my husband.
Do I agree with all of the attitudes and advertising in sports? No, I don't. Do I agree with giving all young athletes trophies and ribbons so everyone feels like a winner? No, I don't. What I do enjoy about sports is setting a standard and expecting your team to reach it. Yes, there is disappointment when you watch and when you play, but that's part of the game. There will always be winners, losers, terrible efforts and tremendous performances.
The danger in sports is when the Christian allows the game to take over everything. I've seen sports become more important than family, than friends, than God Himself. When a game becomes an idol rather than a pastime, it's beyond time for a heart-attitude check up.
It is fine to enjoy sports, to be knowledgeable about sports or to support certain teams. The problem is that there are people who can rattle off statistics, but can't name the books of the New Testament.We get out of balance when more of our time is spent watching or playing sports (or some other activity), but we don't spend more than a few minutes a day in prayer or in Bible study. Our priorities in life should be glorifying and honoring to Him.
But if I'm balanced, honoring God with my time and not neglecting my service to Him, there are many opportunities to relax. Enjoying sports is a fabulous entertainment outlet, in moderation. I'm looking forward to a few more weeks of baseball and watching my Tide roll over the competition. For the love of the game...