I played sports at Hobart while I was growing up. Being a Bearcat was a big deal in the Southwestern Oklahoma town. I wasn’t great at any of the sports I played, but I did enjoy participating and winning more than losing. I still have my letter jacket hanging in my closet. I can still sing the HHS fight song. I made some wonderful memories on the gridiron, the mat, and the diamond. Then one day the band stopped playing.
Oh, the band still played for all the Bearcat sporting events. It just did not play for me. I moved on to real life. I never played another football game. It is hard to find 21 others who would like to strap on the pads and go at it. Besides that, I had no pads to strap on. I did play softball for a few years and pinned a couple of high school guys at Falls Creek. For the most part, however, all the time, energy, and emotion I had invested in sports evaporated into thin air after I graduated from high school.
My commitment to sports was minor when compared with many in today’s world. There is little time left for a balanced approach to life. Often, family time is sacrificed in order to make more time for sports. Academics suffer for the sake of workouts. Involvement in church takes a back seat to tournaments and competitions that take place on Sundays. It has become accepted that many will not attend worship on Sunday during certain seasons. Those seasons continue to grow. The local church continues to shrink.
I wonder what God thinks about all of this? As a youth, I assumed God was a Bearcat fan. I have changed my mind. I don’t think God really cares who wins a game. God cares about the people who are playing the game – both teams! He uses all things to accomplish His purpose in and through us. I assume this includes all activities, including sports. However, when anything takes His place in our lives, He is not pleased and problems develop. Make sure God’s kingdom remains your priority.
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:33, Earl
- This Sundays Sermon “Strengthening The Church” Romans 12:3-8
- The Gathering Service and TeamKIDS resume on January 13
- Loss of a Spouse by GriefShare on Sunday, January 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the Parlor
- Precepts Class “1 John, 2 John, and 3 John” begins on Sunday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Family Life Center
- Services are being posted on the church website, the church YouTube channel at FBC Weatherford Media, and on the church Facebook page at 9:00 a.m. each Sunday.