Friday, January 7, 2011

Get your game face on, but don't waste your sports

Game day.   God.  Do they have anything to do with one another?  

I love sports.  I can't imagine the world without sports.  I'm so thankful that God has created us a culture builders, and one of the ways in which we build culture is by sports.   Granted, as with anything in creation, we can twist it for our own selfish ends, worship it giving it too much significance, and we can use it to abuse others.   

But, sports is inherently a good thing because it's part of created life.   From the grace of a "Hail Mary" pass caught in perfect stride, to the complex performance of a high platform diver, to the strength and elegance of a race horse, sports is at once a highlight of humanity's abilities and potentials, and an excuse to give God glory.  Eric Liddell, the Scottish Olympic runner immortalized in Chariots of Fire, knew this well when he said, "I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure."

Is it possible to "feel God's pleasure" while enjoying sports?  I believe the answer is not simply "yes," but a resounding "YES!"  

Christianity addresses all areas of life, including our sports lives.   

Below is a list of resources--books, videos, articles--that are helpful in thinking through sports to the glory of God. 

Don't Waste Your Sports, by CJ Mahaney (book | website)
Game Day for the Glory of God, by Stephen Altrogge (amazon | google | article)
The Reason for Sports: A Christian Fanifesto, by Ted Kluck (amazon)

*  A Theology of Sports, by James Spiegel
CJ Mahaney's "Thanking God for Sports"

CJ Mahaney's, "Don't Waste Your Sports"

Don't Waste Your Sports from Sovereign Grace Ministries on Vimeo.

Stephen Altrogge: Victory (1:23)

Stephen Altrogge: Defeat (1:43)

Stephen Altrogge: Sidelines (0:50)

Get your game face on, but don't waste your sports.

1 comment:

Francisco said...

Heard that little C.J.'s snippet and it really blessed me his insight on us rushing to opening the gifts rather than reading the card and thanking God for it first. I guess, I'll go listen to the whole thing sometime soon!