For Love of the Game
Luke 10:27 - You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Psalm 33:21 - For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in His holy name.
Psalm 116:1-2 - I love the Lord, for He heard my voice; He heard my cry for mercy. Because He turned his ear to me, I will call on Him as long as I live.
1 Peter 1:8-9 - and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
Most who play hockey play for love of the game. At least most start there (sometimes it may become a grind with focus on money and winning), but players get hooked on hockey because they love to play. In many sports the reason for playing has been lost - it becomes about winning, fame, and money - and not for the love of the game. Sometimes in our faith we lose sight of what's important too. We start to believe it's about being moral, doing good for others, or obtaining wealth. While these may be good things, if they are the focus of our faith, then we have lost the reason for it - to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind.
I believe our enemy, the devil, will try to replace what is most important with something that is good - because it's easier to accept something that is good as an idol than something that is bad. It's easy to make money an idol because it brings security and power. It's easy to make your family an idol because you love them, and you're supposed to love them. Sometimes we seek God only because He is a means to the ends we desire more than Him. But Jesus didn't die on the cross so we could have worldly wealth. He didn't die on the cross so we can have a good family here on the Earth. Jesus went to the cross so that He could forgive our sins, bring people into an eternal relationship with Him where He loves us and we love Him.
Often times when we lose perspective we don't know when we lost it - and most times don't realize that we have lost it. It's a sad thing when someone believes hockey is meant to bring fame and money. Hockey is meant to be enjoyed - to be played for the love of the game. As sad as wrong motives in hockey are, it's a far scarier thing when someone believes the reason for their faith is fame, money, or temporary well being. God promises us so many good things - and this is part of why we love Him, because that's part of His character, to give to us. However, do not love the gift more than the giver.
- Do you play hockey or other sports for the right reason?
- Do you pursue Jesus Christ because you love the Lord your God?
Posted on Wed, December 4, 2013
by Todd Lohstreter filed under