Happy Super Bowl Sunday! (Does God Care about Sports?)

Seahawk banner

If God loves you, and you love sports (or maybe the Seattle Seahawks, in particular), then the transitive property declares that God loves sports, too (and maybe the Seattle Seahawks, in particular). Right? Remember that lesson on the transitive property in math class?

God certainly has paid attention to sports through the ages. Many writers of his Bible used sports imagery. Jacob, for example, actually wrestles with God “till daybreak” the night before Jacob is to meet up with a long-estranged brother who has every reason to have held a grudge (Genesis 32:24).

Paul, writers in a letter to the Galatians of “running a good race” (Galatians 5:7).

The prophet, Isaiah, wrote of youths who gain strength from the Lord, and who will “run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40″31).

I always think of obstacle courses when I read in Psalm 18:29 about how, with God’s help, I can “leap over a wall.”

A much bigger portion of Scripture, however, is given over to language that speaks to the heart–that tells us how we are to do things. Colossians tells the reader that as “God’s chosen people,” we are to be clothed with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The bottom line, as the Apostle Paul saw it, is that “whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward (Colossians 3:23-24).

Trophies made by men don’t seem to matter much to God. It’s how we play, not how we place.

Whether we teach, write, flip burgers or run through an opposing team with a football tucked under our arm, YOU matter to God. To Him be the glory!

The banner picture is from the hallway at my school. Way to go, 6th graders, who made it!

 

For friends new to this blog, “Wednesday’s Word” is a weekly Bible audio clip that rotates between Genesis, Luke and Psalms. Occasionally, I post “Wednesday’s Word to the Free,” a short Bible passage on what it means to be free. Freedom is a very big concern to Timley Mouse, the tiniest character in my upcoming novel, Bon Voyage, Sophie Topfeather!

On Sundays, I post an article-type post on themes in the novels: faith, friendship, diversity, etc. Thanks for reading!

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About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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