24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. First Corinthians 9:24-26 NIV
I am indeed a fan of the Olympic games! I am very impressed by the discipline and countless hours of training that many of these athletes put on day after day for the opportunity to compete, win a gold medal and represent their country. Some, even when there is no chance of wining a medal, have such respect for the sport; their nation and themselves, that they won’t allow injuries and falls to keep them from completing their races. I believe that God can use sports to teach us spiritual principles.
I am so grateful for my students that work hard and for the many parents that support our program and other athletic programs in general in our region and around our nation. I am blessed to have kids in our program that play basketball, volleyball and football; I strongly encourage them to do so.
On the other hand, I am troubled to see how lazy, undisciplined and out of shape some of these kids are today. They are spending countless hours in front of the TV, playing video games and eating junk food. Parents are actually allowing them to do so! If you think the cost of health care is an issue of concern now, in twenty years it’s going to be five times worse.
It equally amazes me how easily some of these parents allow their children to quit and how lightly these same parents take their children’s physical health. I am even more saddened and alarmed to say that I have seen this troubling pattern more noticeable in our Christian homes. Are we getting our children ready to fight the greatest fight of all? Are they getting ready to fight the good fight of faith and the normal battles of life? Or are we nurturing a generation of quitters?
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 NIV