I don’t know about you, but I am really looking forward to the new football season, how about you? The new seasons of professional and college football are just around the corner and that means weekends parked on the sofa or in the recliner with a nice cool drink, some snacks and the remote! No matter who you root for, it has never been easier to keep up with every tiny bit of minutiae about your team. The coach’s show is on at 9:30 on Thursday night, the practice reports are posted each day within minutes of the close of activities. We can know everything about every player in the starting lineup, including what they had for supper last night.
As much as I love football, I believe the Lord has taught to be more selective about the games I watch. I no longer try to keep up with everything like I used to. I “retired” from fantasy football a couple of years ago. I have decided that it really is okay if I don’t sit and kill the whole weekend watching games that begin at 11:00 on Saturday and keep right on starting and ending through Sunday night. That’s not to mention the football event of the week, Monday Night Football. I realized just how much time I was giving to this activity and I was convicted. There were times that I spent way more time watching or following football than I was spending with my wife or with my kids. I believe that the Lord gives us outlets like football (or lots of other activities, if football isn’t your thing) to enjoy, but like with everything else, balance is the key!
Guys, don’t make the mistake that I kept on making for a good long while. There was a time I realized that I needed to reduce my football intake for the sake of my marriage and family life, but I just kind of ignored it. My mind would say, “I deserve to sit and watch this game between Air Force and TCU, I’ve worked hard all week!” The simple fact is, you might very well deserve it, but bros, you don’t live an individual life anymore! When you married your wife, you became one with her in the eyes of the Lord and anything that robs you of unity with her needs to be eliminated or scaled back drastically. If you and your wife aren’t living in unity, then you’re not going to be the dad you need to be either.
Football is great, and I love it, but football isn’t life. I’m praying that you will find a healthy balance in your activities, whether the thing that robs your wife and family is football or fishing or hunting or gardening.
Hang in there bros!