Life Compass
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BIG BALL – BIG LIE

Mat 4:8-9  Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Reminds of all the promising young Christian athletes I witnessed over the past 22 years who played ball and the minute they showed some talent they left Christian school athletics because the “world” had a better program – more opportunities – promises of a college/career beyond high school. Couple thoughts:

1. Is Jesus that limited that He cannot get you a scholarship from a Christian school program?

2. Having personally helped young people get scholarships through the years I can tell you it’s all about stats … how many stats can you rack up sitting the bench?

3. To a secular coach you are only as valuable as your last game and -since you are HIS meal ticket and paycheck- if you don’t produce …. see ya!

4. An average high school has 800 to 1200 students to draft a team from. But yet they dangle offers to home school and Christian school kids. First… how many of those other parents with kids in that school are going to be less than receptive to an “outsider” coming in? Second… it’s about bragging rights. They got you. Doesn’t mean they will use you or play you but no one else can now either.

It’s about ego and money. At the end of the day the coach wants a championship and the school earns money with a winning team. They don’t care about you. They care about what you can do. If you can’t do it or stop doing it or someone else catches their eye next year a little better than you … see ya!

Oh, and don’t for a moment think there aren’t politics involved as well. No matter what … there will always be some players on that team whose talent may not be as good as yours but because of who their family is or their position in the community … they play – you watch.

5. For every one Tim Teabow … I can name two dozen Christian athletes who lost their testimony and faith as a result of secular ball. If you asked every pastor, youth pastor, and Christian coach across the country the list would be in the hundreds of thousands of names of promising Christian athletes who washed up, washed out, and wrecked their lives. Sad.

Imagine … you take a young person who has been protected and sheltered in the Christian school, church, home school world and turn them loose at age 15 or 16 or 18 in a completely secular environment. Do you have any idea of the odds against that young person making it?

Parents tell me, “he’ll still be in church.” First thing to go is the youth service … practice or game night. Then youth activities … game. Eventually Sunday. Yes, Sunday … weekend tournaments or Sunday afternoon practices or just cold indifference – the world won.

In a church / Christian school world … activities don’t compete – they compliment. In other words, they don’t have to choose God over their sport. There… I said it!

At the end of the day … you make choice. OH YES YOU DO. What’s yours?

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