Posts Tagged ‘sports’

It’s All About The Heart

February 9, 2010

Yesterday, I was running mindlessly in circles at our local gym. There are fourteen laps to the mile.  Every other week I go for a long run.  I am trying to work up to ten miles.  I am currently running a little over eight.  That means yesterday I ran 117 laps. 

It gets a little tiring.

And a little boring. 

As I was running in circles I again reminded myself that it was for my heart.  There is a history of heart disease in my family and I would like to live to a ripe old age, should Jesus tarry.  So I diet, and exercise and run.

As I was running I thought again about how much difference “heart” makes in an athlete.  I had watched the last two games of the football season and it was obvious that the men playing those games had a lot of heart. 

I also thought about how God is concerned about our hearts.  He knows everything about us, and still loves us.  He wants to heal the broken-hearted.  He sees our hearts, and if we turn to Him in repentance and faith, he will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  Indeed, He will even send His Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts, through our faith in Jesus. 

Thats more important than exercise, or a game.

Raising Hopes and Crushing Dreams

January 25, 2010

I was a Vikings fan in the sixties, seventies, eighties and into the early nineties.  Then I moved into a new area where they were not broadcast every week and I no longer followed their seasons with any real interest.  Actually, I had become increasingly frustrated because year after year they would show wonderful promise and potential, but were never able to win the BIG GAME.  Each year started out with wonderful potential, many years would show promise, but each year ended with a loss.

This year was no different.

Once again the Minnesota Vikings fans had their hopes raised… and their dreams crushed. 

The funny part is that I was drawn into it. I do not consider myself a Vikings fan.  I hadn’t watched a game all year, but last night I went over to a friend’s to watch the game.  ( He is a devout Dallas fan, and was rooting for the Saints.)  It was, for the most part, an enjoyable game.  The only problem was… I found myself wanting the Viking to win, hoping they would win, even daring to believe that they might win.

They didn’t.



Congratulations Saints, good luck in the Super Bowl.  Vikings, thanks for  a great season for your fans, and an exciting conclusion.

Maybe next year?

A “Super” Super Bowl

February 2, 2009

Over the years I have had the opportunity to watch a number of Super Bowls.  Often they are less than super.  However the game last night was an excellent game.  Both teams played well and the lead changed twice in the final minutes.  It was truly an exciting game with a great ending.  Of course, not the ending that you desired if you were a Cardinal’s fan, but a great game non the less.  

Even though it was a great game,  I wonder how many people’s lives were adversely affected by it’s outcome?  How many people placed bets of money that they could not afford to lose?  How many people said, or did things during, or after the game, that this morning they regret?  How many people made a great game into something that has negative effects?

I  think that some of us need to re evaluate our attitude towards sports, and indeed life in general.  Our priorities and decisions should be examined regularly, so that we are keeping the proper focus in life.