Is it more important than your relationship with Jesus? This is the diagnostic question we should constantly be asking ourselves about all our earthly endeavors. In my experience in youth ministry at 3 different churches – when it comes to playing and watching sports, sports takes precedent over “church stuff” about 75% of the time. Sports are important. It teaches work ethic, team dynamics, winning and losing with respect, and it’s fun! However, we have to stop look at ourselves and our kids and ask, “Are sports more important than our relationship with Jesus?” If the answer is yes, maybe it’s time to pause and examine our heart and what it means to follow Jesus.
I stumbled across this article today, it is worth a read:
Encouragement in the faith is key. Strong family time, faithful friends, and quiet times with the Lord are key for the busy student athlete. Every now and then pause and ask yourself the 3 questions from the article – see how the answers change over time, and always point your kids to the cross.
As a reminder – If Jesus doesn’t come first for us He’s not going to come first for our kids. If Jesus doesn’t come first for our kids NOW, He might never come first. Sports are good…but Jesus is better!