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Here are some thoughts on engaging in youth sports
as disciples of Jesus
How do you balance sports and other family commitments?
A. Pray before each season and submit your decision to participate before Jesus as your Lord.
1. Submitting to Jesus as Lord in all things includes our extracurricular commitments
- The New Testament emphasizes Jesus as Lord
- "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him." -Colossians 2:6-7
- “My Lord and my God” Thomas exclaimed – John 20:28
- “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” -Rom 10:9
- “no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:3
- "Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” Philippians 3:8
2. The Lord does not want us to be over-scheduled
- “Mary… sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
- “On the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy,” - Genesis 2:7
3. The Lord also doesn’t want us to be sluggards
- “Warn those who are idle” 1 Thessalonians 5:14
- “The craving of a sluggard will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.” Proverbs 21:25
B. If you are led to sign your kids up for a sport, then equip your kids by doing sport themed devotionals with them before each game
- “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” - 1 Corinthians 10:31
Tool: Do a Sports Related Devotional with your kid before each game
Online Athlete Devotionals by FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
- Sample Devotional “Above-Reproach” http://fcaresources.com/devotional/above-reproach
C. See yourselves as the presence of Christ to the other players and parents.
- “Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.” – Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
- “The church, ... is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way” Ephesians 1:22-23
- Through your kid on the team, and you on the sidelines, he is filling “everything in every way”
- “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
D. Glorify God is by “doing everything without grumbling or complaining” -Philippians 2:14
- Set an example as a Parent who does not complain about the coach or referees.
- "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
- These are verses you can look at with your kids to equip them not to complain during practice or in games. Help them lead by example and help them happily follow their coach’s instructions..
E. Have spiritual conversations
- With unbelievers on the sideline
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Colossians 4:4-6)
- With your kids in the car -
Travel time to and from practice can be fertile ground for good conversations with your kid.
“commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Talk about them when you are on the road,” (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)