College football is about to kickoff not that I’m counting down the days. Millions will tune in to watch their favorite teams. Gamecocks, Tigers, Panthers, and countless other fans will fill the stands or enjoy the game on TV, internet, or radio. Will you be one of them? Before you get swept away by football mania let’s put this sport into perspective. My wife will quickly tell you that my favorite television station by far is ESPN and my favorite sport by far is college football. I’m one of those guys who hopes to watch every game regardless of who’s playing, but I don’t want to take things too far. Here is when football is the devil…
When football IS YOUR LIFE…They call them football widows. Just like some ladies won’t see their husbands much this fall because of their hunting obsession the same will hold true for those who live for the upcoming football season. When the sport itself becomes bigger than life it will throw your entire life and priorities out of order. Don’t let it!
When football CHEATS YOUR FAMILY…Everybody needs a hobby, but when it becomes an obsession everyone around you pays dearly. Several years back my wife asked me a very fair question. She asked, “Do you think on Saturdays you can limit yourself to just one ball game so that we can actually do something together as a family.” It was at that moment that I realized my family was suffering from what I viewed as a harmless game. It’s fine to enjoy watching ball games, but if your spouse and kids hate you during the season it’s not worth it.
When football is MORE THAN JUST A GAME….I love South Carolina football, but I remind myself before and after every ball game that it is just a game. One team will win and another team will lose. To put things into greater perspective, a year from now no one will care who won that day. It’s just a game! You’re not playing and it won’t affect your overall future in life. Don’t forget it or you are bound to be disappointed because undefeated seasons are rare.
When football is YOUR GOD…There is no arguing that many worship the game of football. Countless hours and billions of dollars will be spent on the sport. You worship whatever you care the most about, give the most to, and do the most for. People who can barely pay their light bill will purchase season tickets. People who give nothing to support their local church will pay hundreds to watch a sport that holds no eternal value. When football itself dictates your life and perspective more than God’s word you have crowned football as your God, which is a very dangerous play to be.
(Matthew 6:19-21) 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.