Sports. I enjoy spectator sports and playing sports. I played coed nine person volleyball in Jr High. I stated playing Jr High basketball in 5th Grade and played on school teams through my Sophomore year in High School. I have played church league softball and coached Jr High boys and girls basketball teams. If it counts, I was also the announcer for a Jr High football team.
Our son achieved a 1st Degree Level 2 Black Belt in Taekwondo in elementary school, he also played Jr High basketball, and Jr High football before deciding to focus on academics and marching band. He continues to march in band as a Junior in college.
I should also tell you that as far as I am concerned College Football returns when in 33 days Bama and FSU meet in Atlanta on September 2. A “Roll Tide Roll” is appropriate here.
Many people look to sports figures as heroes. Our nation places a lot of glory on those who can perform on the field of play. Olympic stars are national heroes. Let me give you some of my heroes.
Last night Jud, Chase, Craig, Connor, and Evan all took a lead in our evening worship assembly. Abby, Gretchen, and Natalie just returned from a mission tip. Carleigh regularly teaches in our children’s classes. Matt regularly reads scripture. Drannan does wonderful devotional lessons. These young people who range in age from 7 to 21 ( the two oldest are special needs adults (they are 18 and 21) are just a few of those that are my heroes. They are serving where others seem to ashamed to serve. These and others like them here at Central and other places are the true leaders and deserve honor. These are the names that should be on the headlines and shared on Facebook.
Sports are fun, but leadership and service in Christ’s Kingdom is of much greater value. Parents, please help your children to learn the importance of Christ and His people. It starts with you and your commitment to Christ.
I close out asking you to consider these passages from Christ and the apostle Paul and to honestly decide how well you are leading your family to follow what these scriptures teach.
But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” (Matthew 16:23)
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)