The discussion was passionate, overheated, aggressive, and tense. Abortion? Gay marriage? Obamacare? No, the topic was “Deflate-gate,” which clearly has many passionate folks on both sides of the issue, some ultra-loyal Patriots fans and those who hate the handsome millionaire with the supermodel wife (that would be Tom Brady for you non-sports fans).

I began to wonder…just how many people are there whose full-time job is related to sports?

  • First, of course, there are all the players for all the professional teams in every sport.
  • Next, there are all the players for all of the minor league teams in these sports.
  • Each of these teams has coaches, trainers, and equipment staff.
  • Then there is the administrative staff, including lawyers, accountants, marketing and media specialists, scouts, and public relations folks.
  • And, finally, to ensure that we are aware of every salient sports fact, we have ESPN and all of the other sports communicators that provide 24/7 coverage and multi-faceted analysis of every possible sports detail, backed up by all of the sports radio and newspaper staff in the country, just in case we missed something.

And don’t even get me started on Hollywood and all of those employed to bring us “fake life”. What would we ever do without those brilliant folks who follow them around to ensure that we always know every current event in the lives of these idol-like actors and actresses?

What we have is a veritable army of people who make their living in entertainment of some sort. Now, honestly, this speaks volumes about our country and its economy where so much gainful employment is provided simply to entertain us. However, there is another perspective. Sporting contests are games, the outcomes of which are virtually meaningless in the grand scheme of life. And Hollywood TV shows and movies are not real (I know, for some of you, “breathe…breathe…”)

This is all, really, “fake life.” It is truly meaningless, but if we are not careful, it can all become a huge distraction from what is real, important, and, yes, eternal. Compare the passion of a sports nut to the passion of Jesus Christ in John 4. From the context, Jesus is tired, hungry, and thirsty. Yet, he takes time to minister to a woman’s heart, and when food finally comes, his response is not, “Quiet, the game’s on!” Rather it is:

John 4:34

Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.

Or how about the Apostle Paul:

1 Corinthians 15:9-10

9) For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.

10) But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

These men needed downtime also, but their passion was to serve God and labor for the things that are important in life. So where do we stand? I enjoy entertainment and downtime myself; yet I also lament not having enough time to pray and study God’s Word. Now, of course, it’s not my job to judge anyone else, but it certainly is my job to examine myself to be sure my priorities are straight and that my passions are well-placed.

Some thoughts to ponder:

  • How much time, energy, and passion do I devote to “fake life?”
  • When I finally get to see Jesus, will he be impressed at how many sports statistics I can quote?
  • And, finally, when the Lord Jesus does return, will I feel pangs of regret because, honestly, I could have spent more time on my Heavenly Father’s work than on meaningless “fake” endeavors?

I could go on and on, of course, but I should probably wrap this up; after all, the game’s about to begin….

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  1. Thank you for the short teaching. It is close to my menu for entertainment. I watch The antique road show and the evening news on Fox news on TV and little else. I go to the theater once or twice a year to see a movie that is supposed to be good. I watch football most of the time in the fall. I sometimes compete in shooting sports for the compition and the commoderity that goes with it. I read the news on the Google web site, and play spider solitare and do picture puzzles. I read a lot, westerns and detective books. That’s it.
    Hollywood is the absoulate pits for 99.9 percent that comes from it. Jesus Christ is my hero: amen. Dave

  2. I am always amazed at how many people apparently feel inadequate and feel they have to keep up with the “rich and famous” to some how feel like they are part of the “in crowd” – So many trying to be conspicuous and noticed by whatever means they can – sometimes degrading all for the attention or to somehow feel good about themselves – My feeling has always been – “get over yourself” – just go about each day doing what you KNOW is the right thing to do and not worry about getting attention or recognition. So many waste so much time doing what they think will get them noticed rather than what they should be doing – helping, loving, understanding, teaching – that will get them noticed by the only one that they should care about – God – Do what is right in God’s eyes and you will get noticed by the only one that matters.

  3. That is profound and thought provoking. Thanks

  4. I suppose Christians ought to be preparing for the judgment throne where ones works are evaluated, whether gold, silver, precious stones or wood hay or stubble.

    As a steward, one is responsible to attend ones Masters matters or what one has been instructed by ones Master as it has been in each subsequent epoch

  5. We try to live our Christian faith by this maximus: “tradition without Truth is error grown old.”
    God’s Word is Truth and we are responsible to respond by faith in obedience to His Spirit He has given to all who believe.

  6. This really made me think and take inventory

  7. With the NFL season coming to life this week, people at work are animated about the players and teams of their choice. It seems to be a fun and passionate distraction from a life that may be empty of much meaning or purpose. Thankful for our God and His Word. Walking with Him is challenging and thrilling. Hoping and expecting to see Him in my life again today. I’m sure I will need His Wisdom some place. Have a great day with our King Jesus and His Father, Our God.

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