Pictured Above: My son Tristan playing on defense for Pop Warner Football October 2018.
We registered our son to play football again this year. I have never been a huge fan of sports, but there is something about watching your own children play.
You can become the ever hated and totally unappreciated “Sports Parent”. Aargh!
You scream, you yell, and you literally are telling your kids to mow down other kids to get the point.
It’s sad really, but yet so true.
I saw myself doing these exact things at my son’s game one week and for a moment, I wondered if veteran Christians look this exact way to new Christians when they begin their christian journey…
I have seen some Christians scream, yell and mow down others at times in our “walk with Jesus”. (I speak from experience)
We can at times, easily lose sight of others around us struggling because we are so filled with winning for the Christian team.
Do you know that person? Have you been that person?
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
How many of you have had to try out for anything? Whether it was for a sport, musical program, theatrical event, or just to get into an organization; I know for a fact that we all have had to be competitive in something.
In the Christian walk we are continuously trying out to be one with our Lord and Savior. He set the standard on living sacrificially and holy.
We are running a race daily to win the prize..Him!
But in our everyday race we easily fall into selfish patterns.
We easily overlook the homeless and less fortunate.
We easily mow down the ones living in sin even though we are a snap away from being back there too.
We easily forget how the trials of life can be so overwhelming that our lives seem worthless.
It’s easy to look down when we become so high in the win, but just because we are having a winning season does not exempt us from losing.
We all have been or seen those “Sports Parents” who are wonderful any other day except Game Day. I get it…sports competition can bring out some very serious emotions.
It is in us to want to be the best and we also want our children to be the best.
We want to always put our best foot forward, but we cannot allow that same foot to trip another who is trying to be their best too (I have seen kids get tripped up during these sporting events numerous times).
We must know that even when we become enlightened with the Holy Spirit, God requires us to help others to be enlightened too.
He enjoys watching us in healthy competition with one another, but He wants our love for one another to still be the #1 goal.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
As I watch my son’s play different sports I am fully obligated as a parent to show them good sportsmanship even though I am on the sidelines.
How I cheer them on will set them up on how to treat themselves and others when there is an opposing side.
I want a healthy competition between the kids just like other parents do (Well most parents do).
I know that even in my Christian walk I can only bring others closer to God by showing them a better way to deal with adversity despite the tough competition.
And believe me the opposing side is cheating like crazy! (Referring to satan and his minions)
Finally, I will ask you, in your faith walk do you find yourself having good sportsmanship? Or are you the one yelling and screaming at the teammates who have not fully understood the game yet?
Sports and life do go hand and hand because we all strive for the best and ultimately deserve the best.
But unlike sports, in Christ we are all on the same level of talent and expertise.
We all are bonded under one umbrella of love, joy, peace, and strength. We can all win and not lose anyone or anything in the process.
So stop being that dreaded “Sports Parent” and let us all play and learn the game of life together. I know you got this!