It’s Sunday and I am heading to SportTman’s baseball tournament, then leaving early for The Inventor’s two soccer games, then hopefully back to SportTman’s games for the championship. So on this Sunday our day is filled with sports instead of church. How do you feel about this?? I have wrestled with this for years since my kids are “sports kids.”
I finally think I have come to a place that I am comfortable with. When they were younger (11 and under) they did not miss church for games, but now that we have established a foundation of the importance of church and SportTman also goes to youth group regularly, I am fine with it. In SportTman’s case I believe he has God given talent and is able to play at a highly competitive level. Then we should allow him to keep striving to do his best and play at the most competitive level, even if it means missing an occasional Sunday service.
When they were little we made it very clear to their coaches that they would be a church on Sunday mornings, and may have to miss a game or practice on occasion. And the coaches in our experiences always respected our choice and we never got grief about it. SportTman has also on occasion left practices a little early to make it to youth group on time, we have never gotten grief for that either. We stood our ground and I think coaches respected it. What truly matters is their relationship with Christ, and how they are living that out.
But alas, now that they are older and the stakes are higher and the competition levels more intense we are comfortable with allowing our kids to use and develop the gifts God has given them! So off we go, play ball!
What are your thoughts?