The one true God

August 28th, 2015

In late July the newest class of athletes was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. On a Sunday afternoon three pitchers and one second basemen received the award. Each made a short speech of thanks, and one in particular said something rather thought-provoking. John Smoltz, former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, is one of this year’s inductees. During his short hall-of-fame speech, he chose to give light to something he is concerned about in the sports world. Having reached the pinnacle of competition, Smoltz has noticed patterns in our culture dictating to youth everywhere what it takes to succeed. Directing his words mainly at the parents of young athletes, he said, “Don’t let the institutions that are out there running before you guaranteeing scholarship dollars and signing bonuses [tell you] that this is the way.”

Too much too early

Having dealt with a difficult surgery in the midst of his career, Smoltz knows what it means to wear out an arm and sacrifice everything you have. “They don’t go outside; they don’t have fun; they don’t throw enough. But they’re competing and maxing out too hard, too early, and that’s why we’re having these problems.” There’s a fine line between dedication and overexertion. Smoltz believes that the risk and reward don’t quite match up for young people. No matter the hobby, sport, or instrument, young players are giving up holiday breaks and months of summer vacation to participate in special leagues, attend weeklong camps, as well as rehearsals and practices … all in the name of success.

First things first

Maybe sports aren’t the problem at all. Maybe we are sacrificing everything in order to make it big. And maybe the success, fame, and achievement this world offers isn’t the significance that God desires. It could be that achieving our dreams not only destroys the fullness of life lived at a young age but also prevents us from making and keeping God as our first priority.

Question of the day: When have you or your family made something more important than following Christ?
Focal Scriptures: Genesis 11:28; Exodus 20:1-17; Matthew 6:19-21

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