March Madness!

2009mmodlogo1I love this time of year. What a joy it is to sit down and watch basketball games all day, I went to bed at 12:30 AM last night. I heard that even John Piper gets his TV out and watches the madness with the rest of us. Kathy and I have said that one year we are going to celebrate Conlan’s, our third boy who was born on the 18th of this month, birthday by going to the NCAA tournament and watch Kentucky play. (Hopefully they will be able to make the tournament by then.) We have four boys and Kathy played basketball in college and I played in high school, so to say the least basketball will play some part in our family.

I know our post are to be on "Rearing Children" for the next few weeks but could not pass up an opportunity to talk about this great time of year.  I am thankful for C.J. Mahaney, for he has taught me and other dads how to take this gift of sports and honor Jesus through it. Much of what I have read in his book Humility guides a lot of my conversation to and from different practices and sporting events. Check out the following links.

  • Listen to C.J. Mahaney preach “Don’t Waste Your Sports”
  • Read a post that gives you some ideas of what to talk about as you are watching a sporting event.

    This is a post from the 2008 Super Bowl, but points 2 and 4 are applicable for us as we watch some of these games with our children. Here is a quote that may peek interest . . .

In my book, Humility: True Greatness, I wrote, Nowhere is the word great mentioned more often in our culture than in the context of professional sports. If you watch any game this weekend and listen to the announcer’s commentary, then like a mantra you’ll probably hear the word great repeated throughout—great, great, great. Yet it may well be that nowhere in our culture is the absence of true greatness more evident than in professional sports. So be careful about cultivating an excessive love for professional or collegiate athletics in your child. (pp. 161-162)

Intentionality is a word that Kathy and I think often about in our parenting . . . so let us enjoy this great month of basketball but also be intentional in shaping our children’s hearts in how to play and watch sports to the glory of God!