As a big fan of pro sports, a dad of kids that participate in sports, and former athlete myself, sports are a big part of my life. Sometimes too big. I struggle with the balance of enjoying something and at the same time not letting it occupy too much of my life or emotions. I shouldn’t be so emotionally involved in a Mavs or Cowboys game that it ruins my day, and I certainly shouldn’t be moved to anger over my 9th graders’ basketball game not going the way I think it could or should. Sadly, what should be a point of simple joy and a reason to thank God, can sometimes becomes an area of my life where the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22) is not so evident. One resource that I have found to be particularly helpful in combating this struggle with sin is CJ Mahaney’s little booklet, Don’t Waste Your Sports. I don’t know how many times I’ve read it, more than I should have to. But it always brings sports back into the right perspective. I’ll let you read the book for yourself, but I’ll tell you that the premise is that sports, like everything else, are an opportunity for the glory of God (1Cor10:31). If our focus is for God to be glorified in the way we play, spectate, and coach sports, it takes care of soooo many things.
Here’s a link to the book. A very quick and easy read. More of a booklet than a book.