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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy and quick read. Great points to consider and emphasize when playing or coaching sports.Published 11 months ago by AdamSch
SPORTS STRUCTURE FITS HIM. USEFUL FOR SPORTS LEADERS AND ATHLETES.
CJ'S CROSS OR CORE IS LEGALISM AND NO MERCY--ALL STRICTNESS AND HOLINESS. Read more
A short, thought-provoking read about playing sports and parenting/coaching kids in sports for the glory of God. Very pertinent for our day and time.Published on April 16, 2014 by Kevin Rogers
Written more like a motivational speech or sermon. Short and to the point I guess but not really what I was expecting. Read morePublished on April 5, 2014 by Leah S Bush
Sound doctrine. Well explained and well written. It's worth the time and investment whether it be to grow in grace or to use in a small group/team setting.Published on March 20, 2014 by cbcportugal
this is a healthy read for everyone concerned with making sure they and those they influence play and watch sports to the glory of God.Published on September 23, 2013 by Matthew
Sports play such a significant part of our culture, to the point that for many it is an idol. This book helped to refocus my perspective on sports considering Biblical wisdom.Published on August 31, 2013 by Todd D. Shibata
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