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Don't Waste Your Sports by [Mahaney, C. J.]
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About the Author

C. J. MAHANEY is the president of Sovereign Grace Ministries. He is the author and editor of numerous books, including Worldliness and Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God. Mahaney has been a life-long fan of University of Maryland basketball.

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  • File Size: 272 KB
  • Print Length: 66 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (November 3, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AHM886
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Format: Paperback
Having played pretty much every sport possible growing up, and then focusing on basketball in high school and college, my passion for sports has been both a gift and my downfall on occasion. At times, it was a great place for me to experience the relationships that can only exist within a team framework. It was also an outlet for an introvert who didn't feel like I belonged except on a basketball court sometimes. On top of those things, it was just fun to play.

Unfortunately, sports also became my God at times. It dominated my time, effort, and focus, pushing other more important things to the background. It also brought out many of my negative qualities (such as anger and pride). As a parent now, I'm concerned about how to engage my kids in sports in a way that will glorify God, and that's why I'm thankful for men like C.J. Mahaney and resources like his new booklet, Don't Waste Your Sports.

This short booklet probes some of the issues that arise in sports, and delves into the purpose behind the games we play. The brevity (only 56 pages) makes it ideal for working through with kids, and the application questions for both athletes and parents are very helpful.

Here's what the back of the booklet says:

This booklet for athletes, parents, and coaches provides a biblical worldview of sports so that we don't waste this gift. "I had the opportunity to glorify God in my sports," C.J. writes, "and I fumbled it. I wasted my sports. You have the opportunity, by the grace of God, not to waste yours."

In a culture that literally worships athletes and glorifies actions on the playing field that promote arrogance, pride, and selfishness, this booklet is a needed resource for parents who want to teach their kids a different way, God's way. I wish I would have had, and taken to heart, the things in this back when I played. I pray my kids will do just that.
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We're in the midst of an exciting time in the world of sports. Coming off a weekend where the NFL conference championship games delivered unprecedented television ratings for the yearly battles for the Super Bowl, we are all aware that sports drive incredible human interest and financial gain. In fact, a solid case could be made for the argument that sports drive much of what we do in America, from how we spend our time and energy, to how we spend our money.

That said, have you ever stopped to consider the purpose for which God intended sports? Have you thought about how sports influence your walk with God, and how your "walk with sports" influences others' views of God. C. J. Mahaney has, and he's written an excellent booklet that should be required reading for all of us.

In Don't Waste Your Sports, Mahaney reminds us that "sports are a gift from God. But as soon as you introduce the human heart, things get complicated." Most of us have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly where sports are concerned. But, perhaps, things would be different if our approach to sports was one of worship and an opportunity to glorify God. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 we are called to do just that:

So, whatever you eat or drink, whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Mahaney's sports application of this verse is "to bring glory to God as athletes, we play sports in a way that draws attention to God's greatness instead of our own."

We see a lot of athletes give glory to God, before and after good or bad performances. However, in most cases, athletes use the sports stage to seek glory and praise for themselves. We've all done it at one time or another.
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I played sports in Highschool and I wish I had access to this book back then. I was a good guy on the team, but I did "waste my sports" on the field. I will keep this book and hope to someday lead a family through how to not waste their sports.
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Format: Paperback
Don't Waste Your Sports was a short book. Some of the chapters were only about 6 minutes long in the audio version. The whole book took less than an hour to listen to. That was OK though, the book was very to the point. And, quite frankly, it is about sports, with the hope that athletes will read it. So, not trying to be mean, but a short book might have been the best choice.

I really enjoyed this book. I am not a huge sports fan, so I have always been keenly aware of some of the negative aspects of sports. Not being a good athlete myself, has also increased my sensitivity to the pride that reigns supreme in many good athletes. It was refreshing to hear many of those issues addressed directly in this book.

I have to add, though, that because of my negative attitude, it has caused me to miss some of the more positive aspects of sports. This book was very helpful in assisting me in seeing the redeemable points in sports, thinking ultimately about the Glory of God in the midst of sports.

If you are an athlete (or not) or a coach or an athletic director or a parent, I would like to recommend this book.
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Sports have been a huge part of my life, but unfortunately much of my involvement in sports has been for the wrong reasons. Although I can’t change the past, today I try to make my playing and coaching to be glorifying to God. Pastor Mahaney’s 50-page booklet can help you understand what that entails. Whether you’re a high school athlete, soccer mom, or coaching adults, Don’t Waste Your Sports is for anyone who wants to honor God through athletics. The six short chapters listed below can be read in less than an hour.

1 Sports at Their Best—and Worst
2 What Are Sports Really For?
3 Meeting God before the Opening Tip
4 Play to the Glory of God
5 Sports Idols
6 Your Next Game

At the end of the book there are application and discussion questions for athletes and parents. I recommend that athletic directors provide the booklet to their coaches and discuss the material before their respective seasons get underway. It’s important we realize that sports are gifts from God so we compete in a way that shows humility, grace, and a heart of thankfulness.

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
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