So, I’m not really much of a sports guy when you get right down to it. And sometimes that’s a little embarassing when you’re in a room full of guys talking about the end of Michael Vick’s career and you only have a vague recollection of who that even is. To many, I look like a geek who doesn’t like sports because he was a band nerd or something. Which…I was. Nonetheless, it’s time to come clean: I actually like sports.
Again, this may be a bit of a shock to some of you that know me pretty well. This is coming from the guy who has never intentionally turned on a sports game unless it was associated with finals or championships–and then only rarely. But I still like them. I enjoy the thrill of watching a close game or an amazing play. I enjoy seeing people scream their brains out about a little ball. I enjoy competition. If a game is ever on, I really enjoy it.
What makes me different is that I don’t much care to keep up with it. Besides, my brother Paul kept up with it well enough for the both of us. And I think there was a small part of me that felt the need to go down a different path, even though I really like sports. So, he did the sports thing and I did the music thing. But we still played baseball out back or basketball down the street or football when we had enough people or volleyball or whatever. And I loved every second of it.
So, why in the world am I taking the time to write about this on a blog? I really don’t have a good answer. Perhaps it’s to defend my manhood to all who would question the manliness of a man who doesn’t watch sports. Perhaps it’s because I couldn’t come up with anything else to talk about. Probably a little of each. But I think it’s mainly to say that I don’t watch sports because I can’t get myself to care enough. I really don’t care who wins the super bowl. I’m not that concerned with who the best quarterback or pitcher is. Home run records matter little to me. I just don’t care.
So, here’s where I’m headed with this. For those of you that keep up with sports, I have a question: Why? Why does it consume so easily? Because at the end of the day, why do we focus so much on things on TV and stats and whatever else and care so little about the God that saves sinners? This certainly isn’t about finger pointing. My weaknesses are movies, books, and blogs. And I could’ve picked anything. But I wonder why we spend so much time on trivial pursuits and don’t pursue King Jesus. This isn’t a rhetorical question–I actually want to know what you think. Because I want to be sharpened, too. I want your comments to pierce to the heart of my idolatries that pull me from presenting myself to God as a living sacrifice. So, please, please, comment. And I hope to interact with your comments.
At the end of the day and despite the title, this really has nothing to do with sports. I’m inviting you to examine yourselves as I examine myself to find the places where we choose sports, books, music, chores, jobs, movies, clothes, news, etc., etc. over serving God. It may seem small or trivial. It may be easy to think that it’s just a little diversion or it’s not a big deal. But I’m not so sure. And I’d like to know what you think.